Not Alone

Not Alone

by Bob MargolinBob Margolin


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Rabson continues to forge her own unique path in the blues world with Not Alone, an album that features the guitar work and vocals of another low-key blues legend, Bob Margolin. It's not exactly an album of duets -- Rabson sings most of the leads and her piano playing is featured throughout -- but it's not entirely a solo effort, either, since Margolin only performs solo on a couple of tracks. What is clear is that both players are having a ball and their energy and good humor are infectious. The album is a delight from start to finish. Except for Margolin's "Let It Go" -- a bluesy rhumba marked by Rabson's rippling piano arpeggios and lyrics delivered in a wry drawl that bring to mind the philosophical ruminations of Mose Allison -- the tunes here are mostly familiar covers. Rabson reinvents the material with her surprising arrangements and on-the-money vocals. "Let's Go Get Stoned," the Ashford & Simpson tune made popular by Ray Charles, gets a downtempo treatment that celebrates excess with a gospel-flavored arrangement. Rabson delivers the Rev. Thomas Dorsey standard "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" with a wry approach that manages to sound both spiritual and carnal, especially when she sings: "I can't say one thing and then do another, be a saint by day and a devil under covers." A boogie-woogie cover of Louis Jordan's "Caledonia" features Margolin's smooth, laid-back guitar work supporting Rabson's excellent piano work, while her ragtime reading of Hudson Whitaker's almost obscene "Let's Get Drunk and Truck" is a pure delight.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2012
Label: Vizz Tone
UPC: 0634457574120
catalogNumber: 1C
Rank: 117018


  1. I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About In My Song
  2. Let's Get Drunk And Truck
  3. How Long Blues
  4. It Ain't Love
  5. Guess I'm A Fool
  6. Caledonia
  7. Let's Go Get Stoned
  8. Let It Go
  9. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
  10. Anywhere You Go
  11. No Time For The Blues
  12. River's Invitation

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