Interview: Mose Allison (Part 2) - JazzWax

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September 10, 2010


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Marco Romano

In the "Allison Wonderland" anthology liners, Joel Dorn said that Mose told him that his epitaph could well read "IRONY IS MY ALBATROSS". A story told to Joel Dorn by Mose: A prominent white educator was studying the culture of the Hopi, a Native American desert dwelling tribe. He found it strange that almost all of the Hopi music was about water and he asked one of the musicians why. He explained that so much of their music was about water because that was what they had the least of. And then he told the white man, "Most of your music is about love."

Doug Zielke

Mose Allison is a survivor. When jazz was being assaulted by rock in the late 60's and into the 70's, you didn't hear Mose complaining and blaming like many other artists. He just kept on playing, writing and touring the world.
I've seen Mose many times in live performance, and he never fails to please his faithful audience. Mose...keep on wearing out those sneakers!

Ian Carey

He sounds great as ever!

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