The Word from Mose

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The Word from Mose
Cover art for the original 1964 album release
Studio album by Mose Allison
Released March 10, 1964 (1964-03-10)
Recorded 1964[1]
Genre Jazz
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Nesuhi Ertegun
Mose Allison chronology
Swingin' Machine
(1963)Swingin' Machine1963
The Word from Mose
(1964)
Wild Man on the Loose
(1965)Wild Man on the Loose1965

The Word from Mose is a 1964 jazz album by the jazz pianist and singer Mose Allison.[2] The album, described by Allmusic as "light, swinging jazz with a distinctly rural, Southern influence",[3] has been listed as one of the "core collection" albums for jazz fans by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.[4] Originally released on Atlantic Records 1424, the album was released on CD by WEA International in 2000 and subsequently by Rhino in 2001 and 2005.

Critical reception[edit]

At the time of its release, Stereo Review dubbed it "one of Mose's best recordings", praising it as "one of his most consistently intriguing albums".[5] Much later, Allmusic reviewer Eugene Chadborne noted that some of the songs do not rise to the level of quality of others, but overall praised Allison's reworking "material from the real country blues heritage...into his own style, to brilliant effect", calling out specifically the track "New Parchman" as "a performance that only the most hardened individual would be able to listen to without a smile cracking their face".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz includes the album as part of its recommended "core collection" for fans of jazz music.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Unless otherwise specified, all songs compose by Mose Allison
  1. "Foolkiller" — 2:25
  2. "One of These Days" — 3:02
  3. "Look Here" — 2:12
  4. "Days Like This" — 2:51
  5. "Your Red Wagon" (DePaul, Jones, Raye) — 2:14
  6. "Wild Man" (Everett Barksdale, Stanley Willis) — 1:58
  7. "Rollin' Stone" (Muddy Waters) — 2:58
  8. "New Parchman" — 3:04
  9. "Don't Forget to Smile" — 2:48
  10. "I'm Not Talking" — 2:30
  11. "Lost Mind" (Percy Mayfield) — 4:08

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ertegun, Ahmet M.; Greil Marcus (2001). "What'd I say?": the Atlantic story : 50 years of music. Welcome Rain Publishers. p. 534. ISBN 978-1-56649-048-1. 
  2. ^ University of Mississippi. Center for the Study of Southern Culture (1998). Living Blues. Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of Mississippi. p. 102. 
  3. ^ a b Chadborne, Eugene. Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 26-27. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  5. ^ Stereo Review. Ziff-Davis Pub. Co. 1964. p. 149. Retrieved 21 March 2012.