Allison: "Young Man's Blues"
unlike his namesake, Luther Allison, pianist Mose Allison
has suffered from a "categorization problem,"
given his equally brilliant career. Although his boogie-woogie
and bebop-laden piano style is innovative and fresh
sounding when it comes to blues and jazz, it is as a
songwriter that Allison really shines. Allison's songs
have been recorded by the Who ("Young Man Blues"),
Leon Russell ("I'm Smashed"), and Bonnie Raitt
("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"). Other admirers
include Tom Waits, John Mayall, Georgie Fame, the Rolling
Stones, and Van Morrison. But because he's always played
both blues and jazz, and not one to the exclusion of
the other, his career has suffered."
Slim: "At The Gates Of Horn"
amazingly prolific artist who brought a brisk air of urban
sophistication to his frequently stunning presentation,
John "Peter" Chatman -- better known as Memphis
Slim -- assuredly ranks with the greatest blues pianists
of all time."
is seminal blues piano, performed by a great player and
singer, Memphis Slim. This 1959 session had everything:
super piano solos, a strong lineup of horn players, clever,
well-written and sung lyrics, and a seamless pace that
kept things moving briskly from beginning to end. Other
than Slim, instrumental honors go to guitarist Matt Murphy,
a marvelous accompanist who was able to blend sophistication,
technique, and earthiness into one dynamic package."