I've been hit or miss collecting his records but have always thought of him(like Faulkner) as uniquely at a nexus of genres. Jazz, blues, and pop. Pete Townsend considered Mose a strong influence.
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he wrote a good handful of classics (everybody's crying mercy, parchmans farm, young man blues, etc.), which is harder than you think in that genre. i saw him live twice, i think (once for sure with bonnie raitt) and he was just like you picture him--a hep cat with a little bit of sardonic wit, but a very serious piano player.
One of my favorite Mose songs reminds me of a ditzy co-worker I once knew. The words may not be exactly as he wrote them, but the best lines went something like:
If silence was golden you couldn't raise a dime
Because your mind's on vacation
And your mouth's working overtime.
I need to find that LP and give it a spin.