Personnel: Mose Allison (vocals, piano); Jerry Segal (drums).
Liner Note Author: Teo Macero.
Recording information: 12/21/1959-01/11/1960.
Mostly instrumental, this ingratiating release features outstanding playing by this exceptionally talented yet largely unknown songwriter/singer/pianist. The album begins with the eight-part "Hiram Brown" suite, in which a naïve country boy loses his illusions and optimism in the big city. Five standards complete the album in fine style. "Baby Please Don't Go" and "'Deed I Do" offer Mose's unique, smoky singing at its most touching. This album was released with two others in a delightful 1994 collection called High Jinks. ~ Mark Allan