Mose Allison: The Tennessee Waltz
The Tennessee Waltz
Mose Allison (vocals, piano)
Middle Class White Boy (Collectables 6535)
Mose Allison (vocals, piano),
Joe Farrell (tenor sax), Putter Smith (bass), John Dentz (drums).
Composed by Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart.
Recorded: Los Angeles, February 2-3, 1982
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
So what's a super-hip, former dyed-in-the-cotton Mississippi peckerwood doing singing about a state to his north (pardon the word) whose capital is the hipster's Heart of Darkness (read: capital of country music)? First, this ain't no waltz, y'all, but funky 4/4. (Pronounced: foe/foe.) Plus it's a powerful distance from, with all due respect, Miss Patti Page. Still, the storyline's the same: at dance, introduce old friend to milady; while they waltz, "friend" steals her heart away. Left high & dry, Mose conjures some piquant backroom piano licks, but his gal stays lost. Moral: when the band plays "The Volunteer State Waltz," volunteer yo' gal to nobody, friend nor foe.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz