“Tell me something that I don’t know,” sings Mose Allison on one of his tongue-in-cheek originals. Twelve more of his songs and several familiar standards comprise Volume 2 from his recent London appearance. Recorded just over two years ago at the Pizza Express, Allison added guitar for this set. Quirky and original, the singer/pianist carries on the tradition. Blues humor and jazz syncopation make fine companions. Who else do you know that sings about one’s molecular structure, one’s mouth that works overtime, or one’s desire to raise hell on his day off? Well, okay. Maybe that last one expresses a common theme, but no one says it quite like Mose Allison does.
Jim Mullen’s blues guitar interludes make a big difference for this volume. As expressive as Allison’s – but in a different way – the guitarist’s solos ooze with deep emotion. The pianist, on the other hand, always adds a lighter, rhythmic flair to his interludes. Each of his solos creates an energetic romp that further amplifies his quirky singing style. Allison is a storyteller. The energy and wit he delivers keeps you on your toes.
Track Listing: Just Like Livin’; Lucky So & So; Swinging Machine; Tell Me Something; Molecular Structure; One of These Days; Your Mind’s On Vacation; Baby Please Don’t Go; Fool’s Paradise; City Home; Going to the City; Days Like This; Wild Man On the Loose; Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me; Foolkiller; Don’t Forget to Smile; You Can Count on Me.
Personnel: Mose Allison- piano, vocal; Roy Babbington- bass; Jim Mullen- guitar; Mark Taylor- drums.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.