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it’s been a bad year For roCK ‘n’ roll
Chuck Prophet’s recent ode to departed musicians,
‘Bad year for rock ‘n’ roll’ from his forthcoming album
Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, name checks David
Bowie and leaves the singer ‘wondering where it’s all
going to end.’ well, the past few weeks have added to the
departure of Bowie and Prince robbing us of leonard
Cohen, leon russell, mick fettes (madderlake), victor
Bailey (weather report), sharon Jones and mose
These days I am almost scared to check the news each
morning in case another musician checks out. Of course, it
is inevitable but when a favourite singer or musician leaves
us it can still be heart-wrenching, especially when their
music or lyrics have meant so much to us.
Leonard Cohen left an enormous legacy and some might
argue that he should have received the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 2016 instead of Bob Dylan who said in a recent
interview, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number
1. I’m Number Zero.’ Remarkably, Cohen achieved his
greatest commercial success in his latter years - something
that is indicative of how he was able to touch people.
We were lucky enough to see Cohen here with his
marvellous band three times in five years. Those were some
of the best concerts I have ever witnessed. Not only was
Cohen an incredibly generous performer but also the sound
at his concerts was amongst the very best I have ever heard
at large and outdoor venues - demonstrating that you do
not have to play ear-splittingly loud to be effective.
Sylvie Simmons’ biography, I’m Your Man: The Life Of
Leonard Cohen, is an essential read and it portrays a
complex man forced back into touring when he discovered
his manager had fleeced him (and we are talking over
ten million dollars here). The sage came down from the
mountain from his Buddhist monastery to find that he
was bankrupt. Such an event would have destroyed lesser
people but Cohen’s reaction was to accept it and move on.
The fact that he prevailed is a testament to his character.
The one bright light is that if Cohen had not been robbed
we might not have seen him here at all!
Cohen’s passing was widely covered in the mainstream
media but Mose Allison’s death, at the age of 89, hardly
rated a mention, as far as I could tell. Mose was a quiet giant
of jazz and blues. He once said that the biggest impediment
to his success was the fact that everyone thought he was
dead. In fact, when his son was asking musicians for
some quotes for publicity on one of Mose’s albums one
respondent replied, ‘Gone but not forgotten.’ Mose took it
all in good humour. He had the ability to hold a mirror up
to society and show its foibles or to even find the funny side
in a crumbling relationship as on ‘You Call It Joggin’ But I
Call It Runnin’ Around.’
Alison’s songs were covered by British artists in the ‘60s
such as Georgie Fame, The Who (‘Young Man Blues’) John
Mayall (‘Parchman Farm’) and The Yardbirds (I’m Not
Talking’) and later by Elvis Costello (‘Your Mind Is On
Vacation’), The Clash (‘Look here’).
I saw Bonnie Raitt perform Mose’s ‘Everybody’s Cryin’
Mercy’ at Jazz Fest during the George W. Bush regime to a
mostly Southern audience hostile to her remarks about the
invasion of Iraq and Bush. It was an unforgettable moment.
Tell Me Something, the tribute to Mose by Van Morrison,
Georgie Fame and Ben Sidran, was a fitting salute and his
songs continue to be performed by jazz, blues and rock
artists around the world.
I was also lucky enough to see Mose several times in New
Orleans and to interview him twice, most notably after Joe
Henry produced his 2010 album The Way Of The World.
Mose was not only a cool cat in concert but also a wonderful
conversationalist. While people tend to focus on his lyrics
Mose was also a fabulous pianist and really one of a kind.
Now we can truly say: Mose Allison. Gone but not forgotten.
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