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Mose Alison – American Legend: Live In California

Album Review

The brilliant pianist closes his songbook in style.

‘A young man ain’t nothin’ in this world these days,’ Mose Allison complained more than half a century ago, not long after launching his career as a blues and jazz pianist. The lyric from his Young Man Blues resonated with the growing youth counterculture, as evidenced by The Who’s choice to rock up the song on their epochal Live At Leeds a decade later. Some 30 albums down the road, Allison’s become something of a songwriting legend, his material covered by rock acts from Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt to The Clash and Elvis Costello, most of whom seem to be responding more to the razor- sharp irony that coursed through his later oeuvre than the outright pugnacity of Young Man Blues.


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