Renowned jazz blues pianist, singer and songwriter Mose Allison died Tuesday at his home in Hilton Head, S.C. He was 89.
A native of Mississippi, Allison grew up on his grandfather’s farm, where he started taking piano lessons at age 5 and shortly after began writing his own songs. His musical career took off in 1956, when he joined a quintet with the prominent saxophonist Al Cohn. By 1957, Allison produced his first album “Back Country Suite,” which combined sounds evocative of his southern background combined with a blues emphasis.
Eat, Drink, Play is a spectacular showcase of musical virtuosity from pianist-composer Todd Hunter. The production is also Hunter’s debut trio recording. With Aaron Serfaty on drums and Dave Robaire on bass the trio displays a level of virtuosity synchronicity that really raises the spellbinding quality of the eclectic mix of compositions, all of which were written by Hunter. The entire recording is a true artistic delight.
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Tracks: Big Bird, Man on Deck, Samba De Todje, I See More Than One, Snake In The Bottle, Moments I Remember, Lucky Number 7, Que Linda, Paper Dragons, 210 To The 15 .