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Sunday Jazz – Mose Allison


My mind may be on vacation but my body ain’t!

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Jazz, Jazz Vocal, Video | | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #29

Second Scottish act in a row in my Top 30 for 2010 and this time is as a result of the comeback of The Vaselines with their great album “Sex With an X”

“I Hate The 80’s” – The Vaselines

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I originally discovered Mose Allison through The Who’s cover of “Young Man Blues” and for many years have enjoyed the iconic album “Mose Allison Sings”, this year I have delved deeper into his catalogue and in June acquired the “Autumn Song” album from which this is a cover version of a Jimmie Rogers song, not to be confused with a song of a similar title made famous by Elvis Presley.

“That’s Alright” – Mose Allison

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December 2, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – The Joys of Ageing

“Old Age” – Louis Jordan

“Old Man Blues” – Mose Allison

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June 25, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Mose Allison

The great Mose Allison returns in March with his first new album in twelve years titled “The Way Of The World”

Here is the statement as issued by his record company:-

Mose Allison’s new album and ANTI- debut The Way of the World arrives March 23rd, 2010, marking his return to the recording studio after a 12 year absence. Working with maverick producer Joe Henry, Allison has found his most sympathetic setting in years, surrounded by young, vibrant players, who add surprising slide guitar and some sinewy saxophone to the classic Mose sound;

The Way of the World also features Mose’ first-ever duet with his daughter, singer Amy Allison. Yet this album is all Mose, from the solo song “Modest Proposal,” a sly scalpel taken to organized religion, to the modernist, Monkish changes he takes the band through on the lone instrumental, “Crush.”

Remarking on the outsized influence that Allison has had on several generations of musicians, producer Henry writes in his heartfelt liner notes, “For many of us, Mose Allison has long stood as a great swaying bridge, spanning our strange, stormy times: linking the fifties to the present; the mystical country blues to the urbanity of jazz; tough beat poetry to wistful self-reflection; seduction to candor, heart to mind, wit to wisdom; Mark Twain straight through to Willie Dixon, with Chico Marx barking directions from the backseat, James Stewart at the wheel.”

Allison occupies a hallowed place in blues songwriting, sitting alongside Dixon and Percy Mayfield in bringing a witty, urbane sensibility to the modern blues. Also well documented is his sway over a generation of British rockers – most rock fans know the Who’s blistering run-through of “Young Man’s Blues” on Live at Leeds, but are less aware of Mose’ influence on John Mayall, Van Morrison, Ray Davies, and the Yardbirds, all the way through to the Clash, who covered “Look Here” on Sandinista.

Then there is that subtle, indefinable fact of Mose’ voice, that laconic, laid-back singing style without which we would have no Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Belle and Sebastian, and Schoolhouse Rock. Not to mention Allison the respected pianist, with his nods to Monk and Garner, and a slew of five-star Downbeat reviews in his piano bench.

The Way of the World finds Mose playing and writing with a new looseness, a playfulness and verve that belies his years, while behind the offhand swing lies the weight of those years, in the slowburn vitriol of Mose’s mind in full gear. That canny blend of easy swing and lyrical incision makes The Way of the World an instant classic, in Mose’ or anyone else’s repertoire.

Track List:
01. My Brain
02. I Know You Didn’t Mean It
03. Everybody Thinks You’re An Angel
04. Let It Come Down
05. Modest Proposal
06. Crush
07. Some Right, Some Wrong
08. The Way Of The World
09. Ask Me Nice
10. Once In A While
11. I’m Alright
12. The New Situation

“My Brain” – Mose Allison

Obviously a re-working of this Willie Dixon classic:-

“My Babe” – Davy Graham ( I have previously posted the Little Walter version)

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February 16, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New News, Video | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mose Allison

I haven’t featured the great Mose Allison for a while, so here is a track which has been popping up on the old iPod frequently so who am I to ignore it.

“If You Live” – Mose Allison

If you live your time will come
I say if you live your time will come
So child don’t mess with that cotton sack
It will scratch your knees and bend your back
And if you live your time will come
If you live your day will come
If you live your day will come
So child don’t play with those pots an’ pans
The will soon enough ruin your pretty hands
And if you live your time will come
If you live a day will come
If you live a day will come
When the sun will shine
And the crops will grow
And you think you’re not gonna worry no more
But if you live, your time will come

“Creek Bank” was a 1994 compilation release of two 1958 sessions.


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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

Blue Monday

Mose Allison

Mose Allison

In an attempt to re-establish some routine to this blog every Monday will feature a blues post.

So here is the great Mose Allison with an update of his classic “Young Man Blues” entitled “Old Man Blues”


This is taken from his 1997 album “Gimcracks and Gewgaws”

Listening to Mose Allison is about admiring the perfect turn of a phrase. Allison is an American original, a jazz singer without the scat, a college-educated family man whose songs are populated by sharecroppers, wise guys and ne’er-do-wells. In spirit, he is probably bop’s answer to John Prine, a pure storyteller who understands the fine line between clever and corny.
“Gimcracks and Gewgaws” — his fourth album on Blue Note and first since turning (gasp!) 70 — is full of ringers, from the opening, name-game shuffle of “MJA Jr.” (“That’s the way it’s written in the book/Don’t call me Moss, don’t call me Moose/It’s not some made-up, showbiz hook”) to the 90-second “Old Man Blues,” an unexpected sequel to 1957’s “Back Country Suite.” (The Who turned “Back Country Suite” into the blistering “Young Man Blues” on “Live at Leeds.”)
Almost 20 years ago, in an interview with Robert Palmer, Allison broke his songs into three categories: slapstick, public service and personal crisis. By then, he’d stopped playing the cotton-sack songs he’d written as a boy growing up on the Mississippi Delta. He also had a ways to go as a balladeer, a particular strength on his Blue Note releases. The shimmering melodies, on “Fires of Spring” and “Numbers on Paper” in particular, wouldn’t seem out of place in Bill Evans’ catalog.
Accompanied only by his piano, groaning like Bud Powell over the between-verse fills on “Old Man Blues,” Allison confesses that he’s changed his mind over the last 40 years, remembering that “the young man knows how to wheel and deal; the young man’s got that sex appeal; the young man is the man of the hour; 35 years of purchasing power.”
His voice, a cross between a croon and a whisper, remains intact. With the possible exception of Chet Baker — before he got his teeth knocked out — nobody’s ever really sung like Allison. So quiet, he wouldn’t survive without a microphone — but cool, not pretty. If he’s lost a couple of notes on the high end, he’s gained a growl.
Thankfully, except for a dabble with electric keyboards during the ’70s, Allison has remained true to the basic, acoustic bop of his classic work on Prestige and Atlantic (the best of which has been collected on Rhino’s “Allison Wonderland” anthology). Bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Paul Motian, a member of Evans’ most famous trio, provide the backing on “Gimcracks.”
The beauty of “Gimcracks and Gewgaws,” and almost every Allison album, is that you don’t feel like you need it until you’ve taken a listen. Then you can’t resist, sucked in again by that perfect line in the perfect song that only a few can write, over and over again. ….

Geoff Edgers is a regular contributor to Salon.

The above review is from CD Baby, you can buy this release from them by clicking HERE

This is The Who with “Young Man Blues” from the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Blues, Old Music, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment


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