Mose John Allison, Jr. (born
November 11, 1927) is an American jazz pianist and singer.
He was born in Tallahatchie
in the Mississippi
. He played piano in grammar school and trumpet
in high school
He went to
college at the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University.
He received a BA
with a minor
. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to
City and launched his jazz career.
He has been called "the William
of Jazz". His music has influenced many blues
including The Rolling Stones
, John Mayall
, who made "Young Man Blues" a staple
of their live performances. Blue Cheer
also recorded a version of his song "Parchman Farm
" on their debut album.
and The Misunderstood
both recorded versions
of his song "I'm Not Talking".
His song "Look Here" was covered by The
on their album Sandinista!
covered Allison's song "Smashed!" on his album Stop
All That Jazz
. Van Morrison
released an album of his songs entitled Tell Me Something:
The Songs of Mose Allison
, and Elvis Costello
recorded "Everybody's Cryin'
Mercy" on his album Kojak
and "Your Mind Is On Vacation" on King of America
of the Pixies
claims that the song "Allison" off the album
is about Mose Allison.
He also states this at the beginning of the video for the song. His
song "Monsters of the Id" was recorded by Stan Ridgway on his 2004
album "Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads And Fugitive Songs".Allison has
stated over the past few years that he would not be recording any
new albums, but as of October 5th, 2009, his website states that a
"New album Produced by Joe Henry" is "COMING SOON!"
wrote and performs the song
"Mose Allison Played Here" on his 1997 album, Slant 6
wrote the song "Allison
" as a tribute to Mose Allison.
He is the father of country songwriter Amy Allison.
Mose Allison was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of
- 1957 : Back Country Suite (Prestige 7091)
- 1957 : Local Color (Prestige 7121)
- 1958 : Young Man Mose (Prestige 7137)
- 1958 : Ramblin' with Mose (Prestige 7215)
- 1959 : Autumn Song (Prestige 7189)
- 1959 : A Modern Jazz Premiere (Columbia)
- 1959 : Transfiguration of Hiram Brown
- 1960 : I Love the Life I Live (Columbia/Legacy)
- 1961 : V-8 Ford Blues (Epic/Legacy)
- 1961 : Take to the Hills (Epic)
- 1962 : That's Jazz (Atlantic)
- 1962 : I Don't Worry About a Thing (Atlantic),(Rhino)
- 1962 : Swingin' Machine (Atlantic)
- 1963 : Mose Allison Sings (Prestige 7279)
- 1964 : The Songs of Mose Allison (Atlantic)
- 1964 : The Word from Mose Allison (Atlantic)
- 1965 : Wild Man on the Loose (Atlantic)
- 1965 : Mose Alive! (Atlantic)
- 1965 : Down Home Piano (Prestige 7423)
- 1965 : Mose Allison Plays for Lovers (Prestige
- 1968 : I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin' (Atlantic)
- 1969 : Hello There, Universe (Atlantic)
- 1971 : Western Man (Atlantic)
- 1972 : Mose in Your Ear [live] (Atlantic)
- 1972(?) : Retrospective (Columbia)
- 1976 : Your Mind is on Vacation (Koch)
- 1978 : Pure Mose [live] (32 Jazz)
- 1982 : Middle Class White Boy (Discovery)
- 1982 : Lesson in Living [live] (Elektra)
- 1987 : Ever Since the World Ended (Blue Note)
- 1988 : The Best of Mose
- 1989 : My Backyard (Blue Note)
- 1993 : The Earth Wants You [live] (Blue Note)
- 1994 : Creek Bank (1958 recordings from 2 different
sessions) (Prestige Records)
- 1994 : Allison
Wonderland Anthology (Rhino Records)
- 1996 : Tell Me Something:
The Songs of Mose Allison (Verve
- 1997 : Gimcracks and Gewgaws (Blue Note)
- 2001 : The Mose Chronicles: Live in London, vol.
1 (Blue Note)
- 2002 : The Mose chronicles: live in London, vol.
2 (Blue Note)