Mose Allison

Mose John Allison Jr.

Also known as Alison, Allison, Allsion, M Allison, M J Allison, M. Alison, M. Allison, M.J. Allison, M.J. Allsion, Mole Allison, Mos Allison, Mose Alison, Mose J. Alison, Mose J. Allison
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Discography of Mose Allison:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Ramblin' With Mose 10 Audio 1961
2 Creek Bank 10 Audio 1958 Prestige
3 I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin' 12 Audio 1968 Atlantic
4 Mose Allison Sings The Seventh Son 13 Audio Prestige
5 Creek Bank 20 Audio 1994 Prestige
6 Gimcracks And Gewgaws 14 Audio 1998 Blue Note
7 Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And Drums 17 Audio 1991
8 Seventh Son 13 Audio 1973 Prestige
9 The Best Of Mose Allison 12 Audio 1970 Atlantic
10 Mose In Your Ear 10 Audio 1972 Atlantic
11 Western Man 11 Audio 1971 Atlantic
12 Wild Man On The Loose 9 Audio 1966 Atlantic
13 ...Hello There, Universe 10 Audio 1970 Atlantic
14 Pure Mose 15 Audio 1996 32 Records
15 Down Home Piano 10 Audio 1966
16 Middle Class White Boy 11 Audio 1982 Elektra Musician
17 Creek Bank 20 Audio 1975 Prestige
18 Retrospective 11 Audio 1970 Columbia
19 Middle Class White Boy 11 Audio 1982 Elektra Musician
20 I Don't Worry About A Thing 10 Audio 1966 Atlantic
21 The Mose Chronicles, Volume One 22 Audio 2001 Blue Note
22 Local Color 10 Audio 1958
23 Local Color 10 Audio 1990
24 I Don't Worry About A Thing 10 Audio 1993 Rhino Records (2)
25 Lessons In Living 9 Audio 1983
26 My Backyard 12 Audio 1990 Blue Note
27 My Brain 4 Audio 2010 Anti-
28 Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And Drums 17 Audio 1983
29 Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And Drums 17 Audio 2009 Doxy Music
30 Mose Alive! 11 Audio 1985 Edsel Records
31 Plays For Lovers 10 Audio 1966 Prestige
32 Mose Goes 14 Audio 1972
33 The Way Of The World 12 Audio 2010 Anti-
34 Mose Alive! 11 Audio 1966 Atlantic
35 Lessons In Living 9 Audio 1983 Elektra Musician
36 Back Country Suite For Piano, Bass And Drums 17 Audio 1959 Esquire
37 Seventh Son 13 Audio Prestige
38 The Word From Mose 11 Audio 1964 Atlantic
39 Mose Allison 27 Audio
40 The Seventh Son 13 Audio 1973 Prestige
41 Mose Allison Sings 13 Audio Prestige
42 Greatest Hits - The Prestige Collection 13 Audio 1988
43 Ramblin' With Mose 13 Audio 2005
44 Local Color 10 Audio 2006-11-06
45 Autumn Song 10 Audio 1996
46 Kontraste (Jazz On The Piano) 15 Audio SR International
47 Mose Allison Sings 13 Audio 1963
48 Mose Alive! 11 Audio 1966 Atlantic
49 I Don't Worry About A Thing 10 Audio 1974 Atlantic
50 Original Jazz Classics Collection 8 Audio 1997 Original Jazz Classics

American jazz blues pianist and singer, born: November 11, 1927, Tippo, Mississippi. Allison 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 ("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 1980s 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."

Prestige Records tried to market Allison as a pop star, but Columbia Records and later Atlantic Records 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 has written 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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