Album of the Day
I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin'
Fifty years ago today, Mose Allison entered Annex Recording Studios in Hollywood to begin work on I'VE BEEN DOIN' SOME THINKIN', the singer-songwriter's sixth album for Atlantic Records. Mose was one of the greatest lyricists in jazz history; when he started thinking, you were wise to start listening, and his sly wit sparkles on such originals as “Just Like Livin',” “Your Molecular Structure” and the wickedly barbed ballad “Everybody Cryin' Mercy” (there's also a sharp cover of “You Are My Sunshine” among these dozen tracks). Bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Bill Goodwin supply rhythm here, and Allison attacks the keyboard with particular gusto on the 1968 collection. This is cool jazz with some fire to it, and I'VE BEEN DOIN' SOME THINKIN' ranks with the performer's best.