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September 09, 2010

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Ed Leimbacher

Marc, we gon' have to make you a honorary Southren boy--first Elvis, then Jerry Lee, now Ol' Man Mose. What's that dam'Yankee NYC Scene come to? Kidding aside, while I've worn down on Allison's heavily stylized performances, I have nothing but praise for his lyrics (sarcastic genius that he is), his early 'most-all-piano albums, and the Atlantic debut that launched his hip philosophical songwriting. And your intro today is perfect, from turnip truck to crab claws. You the one they call the Seventh Son Once Removed.

David

While I agree completely with Ed's comments above, I'd like to also mention a live album from the 1982 Montreaux festival called "Lessons in Living." As sometimes happens at these events, five musicians with disparate backgrounds, come together with little or no rehearsal, and somehow produce an extraordinary group performance. The players on this session were Mose, Lou Donaldson, Eric Gale, Jack Bruce, and Billy Cobham. The songs are all Mose standards, but not like you've ever heard them before.

Peter Gerler

"As sometimes happens at these events, five musicians with disparate backgrounds, come together with little or no rehearsal, and somehow produce an extraordinary group performance."....I once saw Jon Hendricks in Boston with a bracing 9-piece group. Jon remarked to the crowd, "These guys have never played together before! They always play with themselves."

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