This anthology of instrumental performances, taken from four of Mose Allison's six Prestige sessions, reminds us that Allison presented himself initially as a pianist who only occasionally sang. As such, he was (and remains) a unique modern stylist who combined the advanced harmonic and rhythmic ideas of such personal favorites as Al Haig and Thelonious Monk with backwoods textures imported straight from his native Tippo, Mississippi. There is great range in this music, from the complex gyrations of "Devil in the Cane Field" to the tender and fragrant "Crepuscular Air," and an evocative authenticity in the ten originals that defines Allison's writing. This set could be subtitled "Down Home Composer" for the vividness of the material – or "Down-to-Business Bandleader" for the total engagement that Allison creates with bassist Addison Farmer and drummers Ronnie Free or Nick Stabulas.
Dinner on the Ground, Crepuscular Air, Mule, Creek Bank, Town, Devil in the Cane Field, The Minstrels, Moon and Cypress, Carnival, Mojo Woman