Mose Allison: Parchman Farm

Track

Parchman Farm

Artist

Mose Allison (piano, vocals)

CD

Mose Allison Greatest Hits (Prestige OJCD-6004-2)

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Musicians:

Mose Allison (piano, vocals), Addison Farmer (bass), Nick Stabulas (drums).

Composed by Mose Allison

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Recorded: Hackensack, New Jersey, November 8, 1957

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

White Soul Jazz might seem oxymoronic, but in 1956 when singer/pianist Mose Allison cropped up in New York City from the Mississippi Delta, he brought eyesight to the blind. His wry prison work song “Parchman Farm” (“Well, I’m puttin’ that cotton in 11-foot sack / With a 12-gauge shotgun at my back”) made believers even of citified Yankees who wouldn’t know an 11-foot sack from the Jolly Green Giant’s leotard. When the Lord decreed “Go, fetch me Mose’s soul,” He weren’t kidding around.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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