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Mose Allison: Transfiguration of Hiram Brown

Track List

>Barefoot-Dirt Road
>City Home
>Cuttin' Out
>Gotham Day
>Gotham Night
>River, The
>How Little We Know
>Baby Please Don't Go
>Make Yourself Comfortable
>'Deed I Do
>Love for Sale
>Barefoot-Dirt Road

Album Notes

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


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