January 14, 2010
Regarded as "the William Faulkner of jazz," pianist and songwriter Mose Allison counts Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Ray Davies among his legion of fans. Possessed with a honeyed voice and a humorist's eye for detail, Allison is midway through a six-city tour previewing the spring release of his first album in 12 years, "The Way of the World," produced by Largo favorite Joe Henry. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Sat.-Sun., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $35. (310) 855-0350.
January 8, 2005 |
Is Mose Allison a bluesman who plays jazz piano or a jazz pianist who sings the blues? A songwriter or a song stylist? "I've slipped through all the categories, for sure," Allison, 77, says from his longtime Long Island, N.Y., home, though not longtime enough to have had the slightest effect on his rich Mississippi accent.
February 20, 2003 |
Mose Allison rarely wastes much time getting to the point in his performances. And his opening set at the Jazz Bakery on Tuesday was no exception. Starting out with a busily eccentric instrumental number (accompanied by bassist Tom Warrington), the singer and pianist shifted, without a break, into "I Don't Want Much," and continued virtually nonstop for the next 40 minutes.
March 9, 2001 |
Mose Allison opened a weeklong-run at the Jazz Bakery in a retrospective mood Tuesday night. His latest recording, "The Mose Chronicles, Volume One," scheduled to be released Tuesday, is a collection of new renderings of some of his classic songs. And the Tuesday set was delivered in similar fashion, opening--as the album does--with an instrumental overture, then continuing with Allison originals and his covers of tunes by other composers.
February 6, 1999 |
Mention Mose Allison and most jazz fans will immediately respond with, "Yeah. 'Your Mind Is on Vacation' or 'Parchman Farm' or 'I'm Not Talking'!" His renderings of those--and many other--home-cooked, Southern-fried tunes have been Allison's stock in trade since the days when he was better known as a bop-tinged pianist than as a singer. Thursday night at the Jazz Bakery, in the opening performance of a four-night run, he delivered a stack of similar numbers.
July 19, 1998
Hey, Jon B! ("Stayin' Alive in the '90s," July 12) When, as a student in the late '60s, I was the only white dancer included in "Trade-Tech A-Go-Go" (at Los Angeles Trade Technical College), I, too, took some name-calling for my love of R&B music and culture. We all experienced amused shock, however, when it was discovered during rehearsals that "It's Not Unusual," sung by African American twin brothers in our show, was actually recorded by a white Brit soloist: Tom Jones. Although there are many shades of pale, let me add a few pop-jazz-blues singers to your blue-eyed soul list that already includes Michael McDonald.