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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

RIP Mose Allison

Singer, pianist, composer, bluesman, jazzman, and occasional trumpet player, Mose Allison passed away yesterday, November 15. A pianist and singer steeped in the earthy country blues of the deep south Allison could also hold down the piano chair with musicians of the callibre of Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. That these players were, at Parchman Farm that first drew him to my attention - mine and Georgie Fame's, who recorded a cover.
the time, at the top of their game gives some indication of the high regard he was held in. It was his recording of
I had the good fortune to hear him at one of the North Sea Jazz Festival's in the early '80s where he performed with his trio and as part of a Shelly Manne Sextet that also included Curtis Fuller and Alan Eager and he didn't disappoint. In the photo Allison is at the right, partially hidden. There was also a TV documentary some years back that gave an insight into this unique performer unfettered by genre.
Mose Allison was 89.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

1 comment :

Bruce Bax (on F/b) said...

Love Mose Allison! especially the warmth and humour of his vocals.

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