A reissue of Mose Allison's obscure 1969 Atlantic release, "...Hello There, Universe." On it he's backed by Jimmy Nottingham and Ricahrd Williams on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on alto sax and flute, Joe Henderson or Joe Farrell on tenor sax, Pepper Adams or Seldon Powell on bari sax, Bob Cranshaw or John Williams on bass, and Joe Cocuzzo on drums.
Originally released on Atlantic.
Personnel: Mose Allison (vocals, piano, organ); Mose Allison; Bob Cranshaw (guitar, bass instrument); Richard Gene Williams , Richard Williams (trumpet); Jerome Richardson (flute, alto saxophone); Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams, Seldon Powell (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet); Joe Cocuzzo (drums).
Audio Remixer: Lewis Hahn.
Recording information: 10/21/1969.
Illustrator: Loring Eutemey.
Photographers: Nick Samardge; Lee Friedlander.
This obscure Mose Allison LP has the pianist/singer/lyricist using a larger band than usual, an octet with Richard Williams and Jimmy Nottingham on trumpets, altoist Jerome Richardson, either Joe Henderson or Joe Farrell on tenor, Pepper Adams or Seldon Powell on baritone, Bob Cranshaw and John Williams on bass, and drummer Joe Cucuzzo. The truth is, most of the other musicians are really not needed, for their solos take away from Allison's vocals and piano solos. Allison (who also plays a bit of organ) contributed nine of the ten songs on the album (all but "Blues in the Night"), best known of which are "Hello There, Universe" and "Wild Man on the Loose," although there are no hits or future standards included. This album, therefore, is a gap-filler rather than an essential recording. ~ Scott Yanow