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Local Color (Mose Allison album)

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Local Color
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 8, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
GenreBlues, jazz
PRLP 7121
ProducerBob Weinstock
Mose Allison chronology
Back Country Suite
Local Color
Young Man Mose

Local Color is the second album by blues/jazz pianist and vocalist Mose Allison which was recorded in 1957 and released on the Prestige label.[1] The album features the first recording of Allison's "Parchman Farm" which was later covered by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers on their album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]

Scott Yanow, in his review for Allmusic, says "Allison performs eight instrumentals in a trio... displaying his unusual mixture of country blues and bebop... However it is his vocals on "Lost Mind" and particularly the classic "Parchman Farm" that are most memorable".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz praised the rendition of "Lost Mind" and highlighted a rare instance of Allison playing trumpet, on "Trouble in Mind".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Mose Allison except as indicated

  1. "Carnival" - 2:59
  2. "Parchman Farm" - 3:17
  3. "Crepuscular Air" - 3:43
  4. "Mojo Woman" - 4:04
  5. "Town" - 3:21
  6. "Trouble in Mind" (Richard M. Jones) - 3:13
  7. "Lost Mind" (Percy Mayfield) - 3:31
  8. "I'll Never Be Free" (Bennie Benjamin, George Weiss) - 5:36
  9. "Don't Ever Say Goodbye" (Duke Ellington) - 3:12
  10. "Ain't You a Mess" - 2:40



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed May 16, 2013
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic listing accessed May 16, 2013
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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