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Album Review

Omar Coleman makes his Delmark debut with 2015's Born & Raised, a lively collection of straight-ahead Chicago blues. At 42, Coleman is among the Windy City's young guard and, accordingly, he adds a heavier dose of soul-funk to his blues than some Chicago standard-bearers: witness "Sit Down Baby," which bears a heavy disco-fied backbeat, or the slow-burning "I Was a Fool," which could almost slide onto late-night quiet storm playlists. He's soulful enough of a singer to pull this off without a hitch but he's best when the blues get a little down and dirty, allowing him to really belt out his vocals and tear into his harp. These moments may provide the most compelling moments on Born & Raised but the versatility is the most impressive thing about it, suggesting that Coleman has many roads to follow in the future.

Customer Reviews


I was not familiar with Mr. Coleman until I read a review of this release in Living Blues magazine and decided to check it out. Wow! Love it. Blues with a little bit of funk mixed in - just what the doctor ordered. Nice. Looking forward to hearing more from this artist.

Real West Side Groove

This is a great disc filled with great songwriting. This is what it's all about for me, when it comes to Chicago Blues. It's about the songs. Just the right amount of instrumentation. Can't wait to hear the next one!

Born & Raised, Omar Coleman
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music
  • Released: Jun 16, 2015

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