All New Live Recording

The Real World
Live at the Metropolitan Room

Recorded December 2011
Recorded and mixed live to 2 track by J-P Perreaux

Edited and Mastered by Andre Gauthier
Vocals, Baby Jane Dexter
Musical Direction & Piano, Ross Patterson

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 1. In The Real World  
 2. You've Got To Hurt Before You Heal  
 3. She's Too Good For Me  
 4. Hurt / I'll Be Around  
 5. Baby, You've Got What It Takes  
 6. Do Right Woman  
 7. Why Did You Promise Me The World  
 8. I Won't Cry Anymore  
 9. Dialogue / Who  
10. I learned From The Best  
11.Reckless Blues  
12. Everything Must Change  
13. Some People's Lives  
14.Getting Some Fun Out Of Life  
15. A Love So Beautiful  
16. I Had A Dream  
17. Everybody Hurts  
   

With mixed results, there has been a trend over recent years for some cabaret artists to record their shows and later re-lease them on a CD that fans can enjoy. Some of those albums are top drawer. Such is the case with Baby Jane Dexter’s latest CD, The Real World, recorded live at the Metropolitan Room. While not all shows are worth preserving, Dexter has released a loving memory that will live on as one of the better albums to come out of a club setting.
Blues empress Ma Rainey said, “I can’t tell my future, so I’m going to tell my past.” Those words might have been uttered by Dexter as she put together this daring show. She paints a mixed narrative of emotions on a wide canvas. And, it’s all here on one disk. In many ways, this album is better than seeing the show, because the listener catches every nuance and special moment that made this one of Dexter’s most impressive cabaret outings to date.

With Ross Patterson at the piano, Dexter dives so deep, she almost drowns in a sea of emotions that revolves around serious topics. There are so many highlights, it’s hard to single out a few. Of particular note are readings of the haunting Roy Orbison/Jeff Lynne “A Love So Beautiful” and John Sebastian’s beauty, “I Had a Dream.” Both are sung with heartfelt expression that makes each definitive and wrenching. “Reckless Blues” is a fun romp—worthy of her inner red-hot mama—that sizzles. And, the album’s title cut should not be overlooked just because it opens the CD. Sung with conviction and stealth, the song sets up what is to follow. Occasionally, well-chosen opening numbers are forgotten in the shuffle as a show unfolds. Not so here. This image-filled prophecy is a beauty that not only sets the stage, but lingers magically throughout. And, it’s Dexter magic at its best—captured on an unforgettable disk.

John Hoglund
Cabaret Scenes
July 2011

 





 

if
Live at the Metropolitan Room

Recorded November 2008
Release May 2009

Vocals, Baby Jane Dexter
Piano, Ross Patterson
Bass, Boots Maleson


Video

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 1. Moving Forward  
 2. Side of the Road  
 3. Remember  
 4. What If  
 5. The "In" Crowd  
 6. If I Had A Million  
 7. Spinning Wheel  
 8. I Don't Remember You  
 9. An Ordinary Couple  
10. This Nearly Was Mine  
11. T'Aint Nobody's Business If I Do  
12. Hi-diddle-Dee-De  
13. If I Ruled the World  
14. Long Road Home  
15. Always Something There To Remind Me  
16. Why Did I Choose You? Video (complete track)
17. They Can't Take That Away From Me  
18. Everybody Hurts Video (complete track)

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.Her mid-set reading of South Pacific’s Ordinary Couple and This Nearly Was Mine is the heartbreaking centerpiece to an evening that also includes a riveting version of Harry Nilsson’s Remember and a thrilling reading of REM’s Everybody Hurts.

Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, and Sophie Tucker come to mind, as Baby Jane plows through soft and swinging renditions of great old chestnuts and newly shaped pop tunes. Her anecdotally rich, playfully rambling introductions are almost as much fun as her singing, and that’s saying something. This is cabaret singing at its best.Joseph Blake, Go News, British Columbia, August, 2009


Baby Jane Dexter has always had a spellbinding effect on her audiences, perhaps never more than in her last turn at the Metropolitan Room. Now, giving new meaning to the term, "by popular demand," Dexter has just released the live recording of that wildly successful show, If... on Quannacut Records. Containing show-stopping paeans to life such as "Remember," "Long Road Home" and "This Nearly Was Mine," the album captures the magic that filled the room leaving her fans laughing and crying out loud. Read more>
John Hoglund, Cabaret Scenes, May, 2009


There's another take on "If I Ruled the World" on Baby Jane Dexter's just-released CD. She's nominated in the Major Artist category for her live shows, and this is a live recording of her latest act. With the exception of her first recording, all of Baby Jane's albums are recorded live in clubs where one gets a sense of her connection with audiences and outsized personality, often seeming a steamroller at full steam. Something new and refreshingly mature and more disciplined has characterized her recent work, quite evident in her new show/CD, If. For those who like singing on the bombastic and boisterousness side, this bluesy diva has always found fans in a long career. Now, there's much more and, though she still has her hurricane moments, it's not always that approach as a matter of course (or coarse) and there is, yes, subtlety, but it's so much more than a wild ride on a one-trick pony. And it's all more in control. Read more>
Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway, May 2009

 



 

 
You're Following Me!

Live at the Metropolitan Room
Released March, 2008
Vocals, Baby Jane Dexter
Piano, Ross Patterson
Bass, Steve Doyle
Drums, David Silliman


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1. Intro  
2. Superstar Listen
3. Some Enchanted Evening Listen
4. Got To Get You Into My Life Listen
5. Ring Baby Ring Listen
6. Sneakin' Up On You Listen
7. Damn Your Eyes Listen
8. You're Following Me Listen
9. Make Believe Listen
10. The Very Thought Of You Listen
11.All I Have To Do Is Dream/ Dancing On The Ceiling  
12. Transition dialogue  
13. Love Potion # 9 Listen
14. The Wail Of The Reefer Man/Candy Man Listen
15. You Really Got A Hold On Me Listen
16. Precious Pain Listen
17. Fools Rush In Listen
18. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart Listen

 

 

 

 

With Arms Wide Open
Live at Arci's Place
Original release: 2002

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.1 Intro  
2. With Arms Wide Open Listen
3. Taking a Chance On Love Listen
4. Sweet Simple Love Listen
5. I Want More Listen
6. Telephone Songs  
7. The Gentleman Is a Dope  
8. You Don't Know What Love Is Listen
9. Something to Live For Listen
10. Spinning Whee Listen
11. Damn Your Eyes  
12 Walk a Mile in My Shoes  
13 Is You Is Listen
14 Hello Young Lovers Listen
15 More  
16 Forever Young Listen

 

"In her exceptional show at Arci's Place, Baby Jane Dexter takes you on a vivid emotional journey. It's a wonderful show."
Chip Deffaa, New York Post

"Ms. Dexter is Mother Nature incarnate. She is a no nonsense singer that sings with the power of an erupting volcano and the sincerity of a street-wise earth mother that's been there, done that. Her Alto voice grabs each note and doesn't let go until she's sure that you've listened to her, damnit!...When she sings, I Want More, you better get it for her, no matter what it is that she wants more of. One of Ms. Dexter's signature tunes is “You Don't Know What Love Is. It's included here as a medley with Billy Strayhorn's gem of a tune, Something to Live For. This is where Ms. Dexter lays it all on the line through her raw, bare and sentimental renditions of these ballads. A word of warning to many of you cabaret music aficionados who like your music like wallpaper, Ms. Dexter must be listened to. Even through her recordings, she will disrupt your dinner party. She takes us back to the days when voices were distinct and unique. This CD almost feels like seeing her live. She's great."
William Gregory, Midwest Ursine




 

 



Big, Bad & Blue Live!


Baby Jane's legendary, long-running show at Eighty-Eights

Baby Jane Dexter, Vocals
Ross Patterson, Piano
Original Release Date: February 25, 1997

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1. Painted Lady Listen
2. Live the Life I Sing About In My Song Listen
3. Do Right Woman Listen
4. Throw It Away Listen
5. One Meatball Listen
6. Take A Look Listen
7. Wish Someone Would Care Listen
8. Walk A Mile In My Shoes Listen
9. Damn Your Eyes Listen
10. Dirty Man  
11. Blues In The Night Listen
12. Something To Live For Listen
13. Big Body Woman Listen
14. More Listen (full track)
15. Live The Life...(Reprise)  

 

"Ultimately, Big, Bad & Blue, Live! is every bit about the cabaret experience and its intimacy. Dexter bonds with her audience on many levels, practically introducing the SRO crowd to one another.. fueled by a brilliant sense of dynamics and emotive sensitivity....Dexter's performance is an emotionally charged, soul-stirring thing to behold." Mike Bieber, JAZZIZ

"With a meticulously chosen, eclectic set of songs -- from some unlikely sources as well as the likes of Strayhorn/Ellington -- Dexter accomplishes what she always sets out to do: Create an emotional bond with her audience, a la cabaret, but via musicality rather than imposed anguish....Her songs are as much dramatic performances as they are pop music...It's tough to figure out which is more remarkable, Baby Jane Dexter's new show or the fact she isn't signed to a major label."
John Anderson, Newsday

 

 

 

 

 I Got Thunder
No longer awailable

Debut Studio Album with 17 musicians
Original Release Date: September 1992

1. I Got Thunder Listen
2. Until The Real Thing Comes Along Listen (full track)
3. One Meatball Listen
4. San Diego Serenade Listen
5. For All We Know Listen
6. I Put A Spell On You Listen
7. You Really Got a Hold On Me Listen
8. Fifteen Ugly Minutes Listen
9. You Can Think Twice Listen
10. You Don't Know What Love Is Listen
11. Love Hurts Listen
12. When I'm Gone Listen
13. Forever Young Listen

 

"When God took Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ruth Etting, Helen Morgan...he gave us Baby Jane Dexter in return. If you doubt it, go hear what she does, just for one hair-raising instance...with the song that's the pivot of her current pile-driving 'intimate opera,' Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin's great old standard, 'Until The Real Thing Comes Along'."
The Villager

"If you want to hear songs that haven't been done to death by everyone else, sung by a powerhouse whose belief in her material feels unshakeable, savor Baby Jane Dexter."
Chip Deffaa, New York Post