Mose Allison brought his fusion of blues, jazz and humor to Seattle’s Jazz Alley last night. Born in the Mississippi delta in the late twenties, Mose comments on his web site that he’s probably the last surviving bluesman that actually plowed a field with a mule. Working with a trio featuring Seattle musicians Phil Sparks on bass and Milo Petersen on drums, Mose opened with a bluesy instrumental, then launched into several of his signature vocal tunes, including “Your molecular structure” and an interesting version of “You are my sunshine” done in a minor key, which changed the song from a light sing-a-long favorite to a sad lament. His piano solos were great and the grooves reflected his usual fusion of Jazz and down home Blues.
But the show was really about the lyrics. Mose’s poetry still sounds fresh and always has a humorous turn of phrase. Every tune brought a chuckle. My favorites:” Don’t give me none of that Old Man Crap” “Gonna make me an old man punk rock band, and raise some hell,,,,in Arizona.” “You call it joggin’, I call it runnin’ around.”
Jazz Alley is a great venue. Not a bad seat in the house, great food and a good sound system and lights. Wish we lived closer.