- Audio CD (3 Oct. 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sequel
- ASIN: B000024F5L
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Born in 1927, deep in the blues country of the Yazoo delta, Mose Allison grew up surrounded by music, both live and on the radio. His unique vocal and piano style shows traces of this diverse musical upbringing, combining the cadences of the blues with the soft sophistication of Nat King Cole, the harmonic subtlety of bebop and a quiet, wry wit that is all his own. "Your mind is on vacation, but your mouth is working overtime" is a typical Allison one-liner. These tracks come from albums which first made his name, in the late 1950s, including his wonderfully evocative "Back Country Suite". Mose Allison has had an enormous influence on some musicians of a later generation, such as Georgie Fame and Van Morrison, but he remains utterly himself and quite inimitable. --Dave Gelly
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p.s. I recently heard that Mose is still touring (80+ years). I have to be there.
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Mister Allison may very well come across as incomprehensible to the uninitiated, however. Hard Bop piano playing is rarely nice and neat, it doesn't always- or even usually- follow the rules. But that in no way precludes talent and skill. (In other words, I think he's got the chops. *grin...*) A musician's musician, one who has obviously lived the life for many a year, and who has been respected for all or most of that time by those who know better. Sense of humor a little dark, sense of rhythm, timing and feeling all impeccable. His music will get into your blood. The recordings are older and definitely not 5 star, but are well worth listening to if you want a jazz education, or even if you just want to indulge in a little real pleasure. Enjoy them.
I confess this review is primarily for those who are not familiar with Mose Allison and not for those Jazz audiophiles who dote on great audio quality.
Allison, to me, seems like a true immortal of Jazz, as I saw him perform at a small Jazz club in Baltimore in 1970, and he is still performing today, (or at least within the last year) with about the same quality as I remember from 35 years ago.
Allison sings and accompanys himself on the piano and strikes me as the godfather of many more recent performer / composers such as Elton John and Randy Newman. He is one of the few pre-Rock era composers whose songs have been performed by some of the great Rock supergroups such as The Who. And, when you listen to this CD, you can wish that the modern musical ethos was a little less committed to composing all your material and just a little more about performing a few 'standards' now and again.
This is just the kind of CD you need to get a good sense of Mose Allison's work.