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Back Country Suite

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Mose Allison's seminal debut recording from 1959 launched his career as a singular interpreter of American musical styles. The Mississippi pianist wraps country blues and modern jazz together in a series of autobiographical pastoral dance sketches, serving them up in his trademark low-key approach. He sings only on the brief "Blues," a Delta dreamer evoking something unfamiliar and fascinating, especially to young English musicians gearing up for R&B anarchy. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New Ground
  2. Train
  3. Warm Night
  4. Blues
  5. Saturday
  6. Scamper
  7. January
  8. Promised Land
  9. Spring Song
  10. Highway
  11. Blueberry Hill
  12. You Won't let Me Go
  13. I Thought About You
  14. One Room Country Shack
  15. In Salah


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Y4N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the best of Allison's blues piano and composition...and no one explored so much modernity while staying so deeply rooted. The Grove Press guide is wrong..."One Room Country Shack" is also a vocal - on a great blues song by Mercy Dee Walton (incorrectly named "Mercy Dee" on the original liner notes).
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Mose Allison is a true Jazz Pioneer. And if the former reviewer knew anything about root blues and slow Jazz chops, he would understand this. Mose writes great comical lines, has an interestingvoice with great timing, has a sensitive piano style, reminisent of Amad Jamal, that came from being raised in the south surrounded by tons of black piano players. He has been schooled throughpout his life by many Jazz Giants and has influenced a ton musicians who have had the sensitivity and depth of understanding his root blues/jazz expression. 5 stars easily!
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Mose Allison is an amazing artist, a stunning musician and wordsmith. I would encourage anyone to ignore this review and listen to some Mose on Youtube then after seeing how good he is, I'm sure you will want to show support for this under-appreciated mega-talent by buying any of his records that are still in print. Mose kicks-ass, he's one of the swingingest.

If you like Tom Waits, Mose was one of his earliest heroes and had an influence on most of Tom's early records, and remains one of Tom's heroes.
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I bought this on vinyl in 1957 ( I heard it in the Co-Existence Bagel Shop in North Beach) readers of a certain age who lived in the bay area may remember it. this started me on a lifelong love of Mose. I've been lucky enough to've seen him many times and have many of his records/cds/ the man is a genius, and it is hard for me to imagine anyone saying he isn't!! so much pleasure for so many years!!
I say buy this .
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Great record; a glimpse of an emerging genius. Too rare to steal, I suggest you buy it.

Mose is a great musician, and an even greater poet. He gets me through, along with Burroughs, Jesus, both McMurtrys, Buddha, Twain, and the rest who tell it straight but maintain their compassion and sense of humor in the face of human barbarity and self-deception. My wife and daughter don't dig him - too honest.

As for the sophomoric critics, "I can't understand it, so it must suck"; perhaps they are just sophomores. Last night I had the pleasure of telling my 20-year old daughter that she was way ahead of me by grasping the complex greys of human ethics at her age - that was about the pinnacle of my ability to distinguish good from evil. Sorry,I digress. Anyway, I don't worry 'bout a thing, cause nothin's going to be all right.
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