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Mose Allison has always been an innovative triple-threat, equally gifted as a songwriter, singer and pianist, and his first collection in a dozen years demonstrates that the skills of this 82-year old iconoclast haven't eroded with age. His ivories still offer a succinct blend of blues, boogie-woogie and angular, Monkian bebop (check the lively instrumental, "Crush"). His vocals remain a droll deadpan, spangled with hipster jive rhythms. It's the ideal vehicle for his wry ruminations, which are laced with such dry humor his compassion slides in undetected, a kind of verbal Trojan Horse.
Allison borrows the music of Willie Dixon's "My Babe" and uses it to poke fun at his impending senility on "My Brain" ("My brain/ is getting pounded/ pretty soon I'll be dumbfounded/ my brain/ a cool little cluster/ that's my brain"). He sends up turn-the-other-cheek tolerance on "I Know You Didn't Mean It" — his friend was "just out with the fellas tryin' to have some fun" when he slit Mose's throat. But the best — and most emblematic — Mose Allison track here might be "Modest Proposal," in which he suggests giving the deity (God, Jehovah and Allah in different verses) a vacation, because, "He gave… read more »