This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
1. MJA Jr.
2. Gimcracks And Gewgaws
3. Numbers On Paper
4. Cruise Control
5. St. Louis Blues
7. More You Get, The
9. What Will It Be
10. So Tired
11. Somebody Gonna Have To Move
12. Fires Of Spring
13. What's With You
14. Old Man Blues
Personnel: Mose Allison (vocals, piano); Mark Shim (tenor saxophone); Russell Malone (guitar); Ratzo Harris (bass); Paul Motian (drums).
Recorded at Sony Studios, New York, New York on May 17 & 18, 1997.
The veteran singer/songwriter/pianist has lost none of his edge on GIMCRACKS. All the elements that made
him a legend in decades past are still very much present; his nimble ivory-tickling, his economical, laconic vocal style, and of course, his songwriting. The king of sardonic wit, Allison was knocking out jazzy blues tunes with lacerating lyrics when Randy Newman was still in diapers. Here, backed by a sympathetic quartet that includes drummer Paul Motian and saxophonist Mark Shim, Allison continues to ply his trade with no signs of diminution.
The undulating, funky title track finds Allison dispensing wit and wisdom in the form of his trademark wiseguy proverbs. He gets reflective (but never sentimental) on the ballad "Mockingbird," with some help from Shim. "Somebody Gonna Have To Move" reeks of an orneriness that is unmistakably Allison. The closer, "Old Man Blues," is a rewrite of Allison's signature tune, "Young Man Blues," as seen from the other side of the generational fence.
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Mose Allison
Mose Allison (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
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