Tell Me Something: The Songs Of Mose Allison
This tribute to the music of Mose Allison was a spontaneous idea that was 20 years in the making. Mose remembers Van coming up to him in the early seventies and saying he wanted to record some of his songs but it wasn’t until 1996 that Van finally put the project in motion. He was traveling at the time with Georgie Fame and knowing that Georgie was both a fan of Mose and a friend of mine (I was Mose Allison’s record producer at the time) he suggested we get together and try some things. Within what seemed like weeks we were all gathered at Van’s studio in Bath, England. “You sing this one,” Van said to me, and we were off on “Look Here”, Mose’s mordant take on life. Twenty four hours later, the album was done. The last thing to be recorded was the group vocal on “Benediction” (“thank God for self love”). People ask what it was like to work with Van in the studio and I always say it was a jazz experience – no hand ringing, no second-guessing, just one heartfelt performance after another; the perfect afternoon.