Mose Allison: The Mose Chronicles - Live In London, Vol. 1 (2002)
Allison’s latest offering is a live date with his regular working band. Taken from three nights of a three-week gig at London’s Pizza Express, he sprinkles his favorite tunes in between blues and jazz favorites. Like a true bluesman, his mature lyrics reveal the human condition. In “Gettin’ There,” he signals hope yet reality as in “If I was selling fantasies, I’d be a millionaire...But I’m not disillusioned, but I’m gettin’ there.” In the modern pop-music world filled with puberty-angst and gangster posing, Allison speaks to those of us who have emotionally graduated from high school. He writes, “Everybody’s cryn’ justice, just-as long as it’s business first.” Like a modern Mark Twain, Allison’s astute observations are delivered from his very-ironic heart. The trio takes on “You Are My Sunshine” as a slow blues piece, revealing a sarcastic side I never knew this elementary-school or senior-citizen home favorite contained. But then, an Allison record is more than just a turn of a phrase. The disc opens with an instrumental and throughout this date he displays his talented blues-drenched piano like his Delta-honed vocals; his piano stylings show Allison’s unique vision of or world that has absorbed boogie-woogie, bebop and classical influences.
Record Label: Blue Note Records