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One of the last surviving jazz organists of the 1960s, Gloria Coleman actually started her career as a bassist and occasional pianist. In 1960 she switched her focus to organ, working with Sonny Stitt. Although she has not recorded that extensively in her career, she is a powerful player and has not lost anything through the decades. Sweet Missy, her first recording in a while, has her leading a trio with either Eric Johnson or Calvin Keys on guitar and George Coleman, Jr.or Deszon Claiborne on drums. Five selections have her husband, the great tenor saxophonist George Coleman, making the group a quartet and Dr. Lonnie Smith (heard on piano rather than his customary organ) sits in on "Put 'Em in a Box, Tie 'Em with a Ribbon." However the main star throughout is Gloria Coleman. She sings on a few of the numbers in an expressive and conversational style that recalls the late Etta Jones. Her organ playing swings soulfully and, whether it is her original "Martin's Rhumba," Shirley Scott's "Blues Everywhere," or two versions of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation," Gloria Coleman is in prime form throughout this happy set.
Born: New York, NY
Years Active: '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Gloria Coleman
||Sunday, Monday or Always||Gloria Coleman Ltd||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blues For Youse||Gloria Coleman Ltd||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blue Bossa||Gloria Coleman Ltd||6:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Confirmation (studio)||Sweet Missy||5:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fungii Mama||Gloria Coleman Ltd||3:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bugaloo For Ernie||Gloria Coleman Ltd||5:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Love Nest||Gloria Coleman Ltd||3:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Impressions (studio)||Sweet Missy||6:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Just Found Out About Love (studio)||Sweet Missy||5:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fly Me To The Moon||Gloria Coleman Ltd||5:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|