Mose Got Attitude
It's not the typical jazz or blues strategy to build a career based on lyrical sarcasm and pessimism paired with a steadfast refusal to employ a backbeat. But Mose Allison has. Talk about going your own way. Mose has been at it since the 50s, and enjoyed some success in the 60s when rockers like Pete Townsend sang his praises. In fact it makes sense that Mose might hold more appeal for rockers than jazzers, even though Mose is a piano virtuoso. Of all the genres, punk embraced qualities such as sarcasm. Combine that with Allison's refusal to coddle the listener musically, and I think we can make the case for Mose as the first Jazz Punk.