Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mose Allison: American Legend, "Live In California"

It's a pretty sure bet that the best known son of Tippo, Mississippi is Mose Allison. Still going strong and sounding great as he approaches his 80th year, Mose and his trio cook up a typical bluesy main dish in this live appearance. Over the last decade or more Mose has recorded with some horns and reeds. They're all good sessions, but Mose has always been at his best in a trio setting. That Mississippi back roads piano is just too cool and gritty to be relegated to a supportive role. With Bob Douglass on bass and Pete Magadini on drums, that classic Mose Allison piano magic is once again in the forefront. There are nineteen tunes in all and the majority of them are familiar Mose originals. Interesting to note that his two biggest hits, "Parchman Farm" and "Seventh Son", are not included in the set. Perhaps it was time to "retire" those evergreens. One little moment that you have to catch is Mose's yodeling at the end of "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me"---believe it or not. So here he is, Mose Allison, the pride of Tippo, Miss, sounding as fit and fabulous as ever. Thanks, Mose!
IBis Recordings; 2015; 54:36

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