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Up & In

by Bob MargolinBob Margolin


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Former Muddy Waters sideman and current Blues Revue magazine columnist Bob Margolin brings his encyclopedic knowledge of blues and chops galore with him on this, his third album for Alligator. Ten of the 14 selections are penned by Margolin, with selected covers of material from Bobby Charles, Grady Jackson, Snooky Pryor and Gladys Knight and the Pips rounding out the mix. This time around Margolin stretches his musical boundaries into new directions, adding to his already wide range of blues subgenres. The title track is a solid homage to Chuck Berry, while Grady Jackson's "Coffee Break" is the kind of atmospheric, sax-driven track that would have fit perfectly on any Aladdin blues-after-hours 10-inch album. "Imagination" gets a true soul workout, as does "The Window," with its funky lead fills. His guitar tone can sometimes get positively trashy and as distorted as any old blues 78 you've ever heard, as on "Alien's Blues" and "Blues For Bartenders" while the cleaner side of his playing comes up for air on "'Bout Out," "Not What You Said Last Night," and the jazzy "Long Ago and Far Away." Margolin turns in a dead-on Muddy Waters slide guitar impression in a duet turn with former Waters piano man Pinetop Perkins on "She and the Devil" while turning in fine slide work on "Goin' Back Out on the Road" and "Why Are People Like That?" As a vocalist, Margolin is still in the passable category; he sings in tune, but seldom displays the kind of passion that earmarks the best of his guitar work. Still, this is his best solo turn to date, with solid playing from guests Kaz Kazanoff, Dave Maxwell and a host of others.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/1997
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551485124
catalogNumber: 4851
Rank: 107319

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Margolin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Bass,Vocals
Jim Brock   Percussion,Drums
Ron Brendle   Bass
Chris Carroll   Electric Bass
Chuck Cotton   Drums
Wes Johnson   Drums
David Maxwell   Organ,Piano
Pinetop Perkins   Piano
Kaz Kazanoff   Harmonica,Saxophone
Tad Walters   Harmonica,Electric Bass
Sweet Betty   Vocals
Gary Slechta   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bob Margolin   Composer,Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bruce Iglauer   Executive Producer
Tracy Schroeder   Engineer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Mark Williams   Engineer
Kaz Kazanoff   Producer
Grady "Fats" Jackson   Composer
Guidry   Composer

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