Two years ago, the incomparable Mose Allison decided, at age 72, that it was time to give himself a well-earned salute. So, he hitched his way to London (where Mosemania has remained rampant since the mid-’60s), settled in at Soho’s Pizza Express in Jan. 2000 and made some history. Assembled over the course of three nights, 2001’s The Mose Chronicles: Live in London, Volume 1 provided the impish Mississippian the opportunity to dust off such treasures as “Seventh Son” and “I Love the Life I Live” and show off more contemporary gems like “You Call It Jogging.” The jazz-folk-blues traveler never sounded better; the crowds were appropriately ecstatic and the critics raved. Then, late last year came the announcement of a companion volume. Could it possibly be as good as the first? Actually, it’s virtually identical.
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