Mose Allison was born in the Mississippi Delta on his grandfathers farm near the village of Tippo. At five he discovered he could play the piano by ear and began picking out blues and boogie tunes he heard on the local jukebox. In high school he listened to the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, and his prime inspiration, Nat Cole of the King Cole Trio. He played trumpet in the marching and dance bands and started writing his own songs.
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When I discovered Mose Allison I felt I had discovered the
between jazz and blues —Ray Davies
The man's voice was heaven. So cool, so decisively hip...
Mose was my man.
I felt him to be the epitome of restrained screaming power.
For over thirty years, this premier songwriter, singer and
pianist has stared
down the oncoming doom, peppering his idiosyncratic blend
of jazz and
blues with mordant wit and unflinching honesty. —Village