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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3 On The B Records artist: Omar Coleman & Westside Soul - Westside Soul - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Westside Soul, from Omar Coleman & Westside Soul and I quite like it. Opening with Sweet Little Woman, a cool gospel like R&B track with a Ray Charles/Billy Preston feel, Omar is front and center on lead vocal backed by Neal O'Hara on keys, Ari Seder on bass, Marty Binder on drums and Pete Galanis on guitar. On Ashford and Simpson number, Let's Go Get Stoned, Coleman takes the pace up with a bit of high steppin' and his vocals are super. Let The Babies Live is a driving R&B track with a super bass line by Seder grinding guitar riffs from Galanis. Funky, Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone has a grooving bass line and O'Hara sets up some real nice organ work. Soul track, I Let A Good Girl Go, is one of my favorite tracks on the release, really highlighting Coleman's vocals nicely. Galanis steps up nicely on Rotten Old Lady with fluid blues riffs giving the track a nice kick. Another favorite on the release, Good Provider has particularly cool vocals by Coleman and with hard working bass lines by Seder, and cool keyboards work by O'Hara this track just has that right feel. R&B track, Give Me The Green Light, is another track that just gets in your blood. Coleman's phrasing, O'Hara's organ and that funky bottom by Seder and Binder is tops. On Don Nix's Goin' Down, Coleman sticks very close to Jeff Beck's arrangement from the 70's which is quite effective. No attempt is made by Galanis to put up Beck like pyrotechnics but his own guitar work is really quite cool with O'Hara's keyboard work shoring up the track over driving bass and drum work by Seder and Binder. Wrapping the release is Whisper To A Moan, a bluesy rocker with soulful vocals and a frenzied keyboard solo by O'Hara for a cool closer to a real nice release.

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