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Blues File: Mose Allison "The Way Of The World"

From WXPN | Part of the Blues File series | 04:46

Moseallison230px_small Mose Allison used to be good for at least an album per year, but it took a year for Joe Henry to persuade the octogenarian singer, songwriter, and pianist to record a new one in 2009. On Allison's new album "The Way Of The World" producer Henry avoids the mistakes of other musician-producers with other well-loved older artists by simply letting Mose be Mose. Mose Allison offers his unique mix of blues and jazz-infused wit, humor, and social commentary on this album, his first in over a decade. Highlights include his observations about religion in "Modest Proposal," a reworking of the classic "My Babe" as "My Brain" (on the aging of the mind), and a duet with daughter Amy Allison. At 82, Allison is still very much with us.