Rebennack recorded All By Hisself live in 1986 at the Lone Star Café (once known as New York's "Texas Embassy"), where he was a regular. He can be heard tipping his hat to the great R&B songwriter Doc Pomus, often in the audience during these Lone Star shows. Pomus and Rebennack wrote some 400 songs together, quite a few still unrecorded. One of their jaunty Tin Pan Alley blues numbers, "Average Kind of Guy," debuts on this disc. "Qualified" shows that Rebennack can out-funk Stevie Wonder or Billy Preston. Earl King's "Let's Make a Better World" contains a beautiful off-the-hook piano chorus, and Dr. John's own standards, "Right Place Wrong Time" and "Such a Night," receive definitive solo versions here. All By Hisself is the first release on Mac Rebennack's "vanity" label, Skinji Brim, and it is almost too rich a brew. So good it should be illegal.