Personnel: Mose Allison (piano); Addison Farmer (bass); Ronnie Free, Nick Stabulas (drums).Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey between November 1957 & August 1959. Includes liner notes by Jack McKinney.Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1997, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).Singer/songwriter/pianist Mose Allison has proven himself equally at home with jazz and blues, making him difficult to categorize. Allison's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as The Who ("Young Man Blues"), Bonnie Raitt ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"), Van Morrison, and Marlena Shaw. His underrated piano playing is straightforward and intensely lyrical, descended from Fats Waller, Nat "King" Cole (himself an underrated and influential pianist), and Pete Johnson. DOWN HOME PIANO is a compilation of Allison originals from his late 1950's albums AUTUMN SONG, CREEK BANK, RAMBLIN' WITH MOSE, and LOCAL COLOR, originally issued on Prestige.Here, the focus is on Allison the pianist/composer, accompanied by drums and acoustic bass. Throughout, he effortlessly combines jazz, blues, and country music, swinging like crazy throughout; witness the wildly careening "Devil In The Cane Field," "Town," which manages to be urbane and down-home at the same time, or the laid-back, subtly Thelonious Monk-like "Moon And Cypress."