Mose Allison

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Mose John Allison, Jr.
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Mose Allison (born November 11, 1927, Tippo, Mississippi, USA - died November 15, 2016, Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA) was an American jazz blues pianist and singer.

He was born outside Tippo, Mississippi on his grandfather's farm, which was known as The Island "because Tippo Bayou encircles it." He took piano lessons from age five, picked cotton, played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school, and wrote his first song at age thirteen. He went to college at the University of Mississippi for a while, then enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years. Shortly after mustering out, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, from which he was graduated in 1952 with a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy.

In 1956 he moved to New York City and launched his jazz career performing with artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods. His debut album, "Back Country Suite", was issued on the Prestige label in 1957. He formed his own trio in 1958.

It was not until 1963 that his record label allowed him to release an album entirely of vocals. Entitled "Mose Allison Sings", it was a collection of songs that paid tribute to artists of the Mojo Triangle: Sonny Boy Williamson (2) ("Eyesight to the Blind"), Jimmy Rogers ("That's All Right") and Willie Dixon ("The Seventh Son"). However, it was an original composition in the album that brought him the most attention – "Parchman Farm". For more than two decades, "Parchman Farm" was his most requested song. He dropped it from his playlist in the 1980's because some critics felt it was politically incorrect. Allison explained to Nine-O-One Network Magazine: "I don't do the cotton sack songs much anymore. You go to the Mississippi Delta and there are no cotton sacks. It's all machines and chemicals."

His 1987 recorded album "Ever Since The World Ended" - Blue Note 48015 received the highest rating (5 starts) in Down Beat February 1988.

Prestige Records tried to market Allison as a pop star, but Columbia and later Atlantic tried to market him as a blues artist. Because he sang blues, Jet magazine thought that he was black and wanted to interview him.

Allison was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Allison's March 2010 album, "The Way of the World", "marked his return to the recording studio after a 12-year absence."

In 2012, Allison was honored with a blues marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in his hometown of Tippo. On January 14, 2013, Allison was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts at a ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York. The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the nation's highest honor in jazz.

Allison wrote some 150 songs. His own performances have been described as "delivered in a casual conversational way with a melodic southern accented tone that has a pitch and range ideally suited to his idiosyncratic phrasing, laconic approach and ironic sense of humor."
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RANK 5068 Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And Drums — Mose Allison Mose Allison Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And Drums (Album) Prestige RANK 5068 Japan 1957 Sell This Version
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7137, PRLP 7137 Young Man Mose — Mose Allison Mose Allison Young Man Mose (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7137, PRLP 7137 US 1958 Sell This Version
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PRST 7152 Creek Bank — Mose Allison Mose Allison Creek Bank (Album) Prestige PRST 7152 US 1958 Sell This Version
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PRESTIGE 7121 Local Color — Mose Allison Mose Allison Local Color (Album) Prestige, Prestige PRESTIGE 7121 Denmark 1958 Sell This Version
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PRLP 7189 Autumn Song — Mose Allison Mose Allison Autumn Song (Album) Prestige PRLP 7189 US 1959 Sell This Version
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CS 8240 Transfiguration Of Hiram Brown — Mose Allison Mose Allison Transfiguration Of Hiram Brown (Album) Columbia CS 8240 US 1960 Sell This Version
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PR 7215, PRLP 7215 Ramblin' With Mose — Mose Allison Mose Allison Ramblin' With Mose (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7215, PRLP 7215 US 1961 Sell This Version
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1398 Swingin' Machine — Mose Allison Mose Allison Swingin' Machine (Album) Atlantic 1398 US 1962 Sell This Version
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SX 6058 Takes To The Hills — Mose Allison Mose Allison Takes To The Hills (Album) Epic SX 6058 UK 1961 Sell This Version
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SD 1389 I Don't Worry About A Thing — Mose Allison Mose Allison I Don't Worry About A Thing (Album) Atlantic SD 1389 US 1962 Sell This Version
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1424 The Word From Mose — Mose Allison Mose Allison The Word From Mose (Album) Atlantic 1424 US 1964 Sell This Version
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587031 Wild Man On The Loose — Mose Allison Mose Allison Wild Man On The Loose (Album) Atlantic 587031 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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1450 Mose Alive! — Mose Allison Mose Allison Mose Alive! (Album) Atlantic 1450 US 1966 Sell This Version
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SD 1511 I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin' — Mose Allison Mose Allison I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin' (Album) Atlantic SD 1511 US 1968 Sell This Version
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SD 1550 ...Hello There, Universe — Mose Allison Mose Allison ...Hello There, Universe (Album) Atlantic SD 1550 US 1970 Sell This Version
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2400205, SD 1584 Western Man — Mose Allison Mose Allison Western Man (Album) Atlantic 2400205, SD 1584 UK 1971 Sell This Version
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SD 1627 Mose In Your Ear — Mose Allison Mose Allison Mose In Your Ear (Album) Atlantic SD 1627 US 1972 Sell This Version
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10052 Seventh Son — Mose Allison Mose Allison Seventh Son(LP, Album) Prestige 10052 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
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SD 1691 Your Mind Is On Vacation — Mose Allison Mose Allison Your Mind Is On Vacation (Album) Atlantic SD 1691 US 1976 Sell This Version
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E1-60125 Middle Class White Boy — Mose Allison Mose Allison Middle Class White Boy (Album) Elektra Musician E1-60125 US 1982 Sell This Version
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9 60237-1, 60237 Lessons In Living — Mose Allison Mose Allison Lessons In Living (Album) Elektra Musician, Elektra Musician 9 60237-1, 60237 US 1983 Sell This Version
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7480151 Ever Since The World Ended — Mose Allison Mose Allison Ever Since The World Ended (Album) Blue Note 7480151 France 1987 Sell This Version
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CDP 7 93840 2 My Backyard — Mose Allison Mose Allison My Backyard (Album) Blue Note CDP 7 93840 2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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CDP 7243 8 27640 2 1 The Earth Wants You — Mose Allison Mose Allison The Earth Wants You (Album) Blue Note CDP 7243 8 27640 2 1 US 1994 Sell This Version
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VILCD 1006-2 Pure Mose — Mose Allison Mose Allison Pure Mose (Album) Village, Ram Records (21) VILCD 1006-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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December 30, 2016
Mose Allison's last release was "Mose Allison American Legend Live in California"
It was released in May 2015. It is on the IBis Recordings label. The Magazine "Mother Jones" reviewed it and rated it as one of their top 10 releases for all of 2015. Here is the website address for the recording and much more about Mose Allison and his life.
www.moseallisonamericanlegend.com

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