Mose Allison is gone, and just like that the music world is diminished yet again. In a way, Mose Allison and Leonard Cohen were similar, in that their lyrics were highly literate and that there just weren't any other artists like them. There was no mold. One must beware of identifying an artist as a "maverick" for the simple fact that there aren't that many singular figures. But it is appropriate for both Cohen and Allison. Since Allison's music was based on the blues, his literate lyrics were more minimalist than Cohen's, though both favored precision.
Back in June, I did a post on Allison called "Mose Got Attitude." I featured the song "What's With You?" Check it out.