Back Country Suite

Mose Allison

Back Country Suite
  • CAT # OJCCD-075-2

    1. New Ground 2:04
    2. Train 1:48
    3. Warm Night 1:45
    4. Young Man's Blues 1:26
    5. Saturday 1:22
    6. Scamper 2:13
    7. January 1:37
    8. Promised Land 2:03
    9. Spring Song 1:21
    10. Highway 49 1:38
    11. Blueberry Hill 2:57
    12. You Won't Let Me Go 3:44
    13. I Thought About You 3:51
    14. One Room Country Shack 3:02
    15. In Salah 3:47

This was Allison's introductory album, serving notice that here was a unique man of many talents: an earthy intellectual of Faulknerian bent who had imbibed the blues directly from the rural still, and the jazz message from the likes of Armstrong, Basie, and Nat Cole, for openers.
At this point in his history, Mose sang on only two selections in the entire album. His performing emphasis was to shift more and more toward the vocal side over the years. Back Country Suite features his piano playing in a trio format, focusing on the ten selections that make up the suite (which could be suitably subtitled "Impressions of the Delta"), but he reveals, in the other selections, his abilities with a diversified range of material. Back Country Suite, the album, marked the beginning of a singular career in which Mose has captured the ears of lay listeners and musicians of many stylistic persuasions.

Back Country Suite (New Ground/Train/Warm Night/Blues/Saturday/ Scamper/January/Promised Land/Spring Song/Highway 49), Blueberry Hill, You Won't Let Me Go, I Thought About You, One Room Country Shack, In Salah

with Taylor La Fargue, Frank Isola

Find out more about Mose Allison


The 120 gram vinyl reissue of the famed album by the premier jazz & blues pianist and singer. More
Mose Allison had already established himself as a unique jazz voice with his early Prestige albums of Back Country Suite and Local Color (from… More
When he arrived in New York, Mississippi native Mose Allison presented himself as a piano player who occasionally sang and played trumpet. This… More
In 1958, Mose Allison, a bebop piano player with old-time tendencies and roots in the Mississippi back country, was about to undergo a… More
Pianistically, vocally, and compositionally, the music of Mose Allison (b. 1927) forms a junction of country, urban, and urbane blues (Sonny Boy… More
The Seventh Son, Eyesight to the Blind, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Lost Mind, I've Got a Right to Cry; Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand;… More
Mose Allison was a Prestige recording artist during 1957-59. "That was my Lester Young period," he once told Robert Palmer; "he was… More
Local Color was recorded to follow up on the success of Mose Allison's acclaimed Back Country Suite (OJC-075), his debut as a… More
This anthology of instrumental performances, taken from four of Mose Allison's six Prestige sessions, reminds us that Allison presented himself… More