Omar Coleman review…June 16, 2015…

OMAR COLEMAN

BORN AND RAISED

DELMARK RECORDS  DE 840

TRYIN’ TO DO RIGHT–MAN LIKE ME–SIT DOWN BABY–I WAS A FOOL–WISHING WELL–SLOW DOWN BABY–LUCKY MAN–I DON’T WANT NO TROUBLE–YOU GOT A HOLD ON ME–BORN AND RAISED–ONE REQUEST–TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT–I KNOW YOU BEEN CHEATING–RASPBERRY WINE

The excitement level at Delmark’s Riverside Studios was at fever pitch earlier this year as they recorded the Delmark debut of a young rising star on the Chicago scene, harpman and vocalist Omar Coleman.  Omar was West-Side “Born And Raised” (and proud of it!) in 1973, and that’s what he titled this album.  He captures the good-time spirits of several Windy City greats with these fine fourteen originals, too.

Omar’s always been a big fan of Bobby Rush, Junior Wells, and Al Green, and he touches on the styles of these legends throughout.  Check out the minor-key, remorse-filled, “I Was A Fool to let you run out on me,” with Mike Wheeler on guitar, and the poignant ballad, “One Request,” to sample the Al Green connection.  You gotta love his tributes to that “folk-funk” strut of Bobby Rush, too, with cuts like the danceable “Sit Down Baby,” and “I Don’t Want No Trouble.”  Labelmate Toronzo Cannon adds guitar on the Hill-Country groove of “Man Like Me” and again on Omar’s ode to a lover, “You Got A Hold On Me.”

We had two favorites, too.  We loved that killer rhumba beat on “I Know You Been Cheating,” with Neal O’Hara on piano and Dave Herrero on guitar.  And, “Slow Down Baby” rocks with a steady roll, with Dave’s Berry-licious licks riding  over Omar’s wailin’ harp!

The folks at Delmark know a good thing when they hear it, and Omar Coleman, with “Born And Raised,” is poised to make his mark on the contemporary blues scene!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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