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Mose Allison: American Legend: Live in California

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Three years ago, after more than six decades on the road, pianist and vocalist Mose Allison officially stopped touring. This 53-minute session, captured at Marin County’s 19 Broadway, is being touted as the NEA Jazz Master’s final live recording. True enough. But it’s also almost a decade old, dating to 2006, when Allison was a spry 78. With Allison, however, age has never been a factor. His playing, informed by such heroes as Nat Cole and Art Tatum, has always been inspired. The voice, though small from the outset and (akin to Willie Nelson) increasingly grizzled, remains engrossing thanks to its unique blend of Southern drawl and Delta-blues grit.

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