Personnel: Mose Allison (piano); Frank Isola (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Don Gold; Dom Cerulli; Arnold Marcus; Ira Geller.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (03/07/1957); Hackensack, NJ (11/08/1957).
Photographer: Esmond Edwards.
This set collects Mose Allison's first two albums as a bandleader, Back Country Suite and Local Color, which were both originally issued as LPs by Prestige Records in 1957 in a single package, and here they prove wonderful and seamless two-fer. Back Country Suite was recorded on March 7, 1957 with Allison on piano (and occasional vocals, most notably on "Blues," which the Who made more famous decades later as "Young Man's Blues"), Taylor La Fargue on bass and Frank Isola on drums, while Local Color was recorded November 8 that same year and finds Allison on piano, vocals (including the wonderful "Parchman Farm"), and trumpet (on a fine version of "Trouble in Mind"), Addison Farmer on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums. ~ Steve Leggett