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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Solid Album
Okay I came to this album on a journey through Grant Green's shoes. While seeking out all of Grant Green's sideman work I stumbled upon this Impulse record. The cover was piqued my curiosity. I never saw these two chicks before and there is no mention of the superstar Grant Green on the cover. First off the guy that said this album is awesome is a little off his rocker...
Published on August 9, 2011 by Daniel Marsalone

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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Fare.
Coming across an "undiscovered" jazz artist is a satisfying feeling. I always feel a thrill listening to albums not part of the standard repotoire. Of course, on the flipside, some artists and albums lie outside of teh jazz radar for a reason.

I can see why Gloria Colman's album, Soul Sisters, was out of print for quite a while. Not that it is bad! It certainly...
Published on January 18, 2008 by Kevin Currie-Knight


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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Solid Album, August 9, 2011
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This review is from: Soul Sisters (Audio CD)
Okay I came to this album on a journey through Grant Green's shoes. While seeking out all of Grant Green's sideman work I stumbled upon this Impulse record. The cover was piqued my curiosity. I never saw these two chicks before and there is no mention of the superstar Grant Green on the cover. First off the guy that said this album is awesome is a little off his rocker. The other guy who said it was pedestrian is closer to having the right take on this record.

Grant Green is phenomenal on this record and really makes it worth giving a listen. Leo Wright on alto is really good as well. The chick on drums which I assume is the broad on the right on the album cover due to her "LGBT look" is okay but no Idris Muhammad. The songs are a good mix on here as well.

Now onto the matter at hand, Gloria Coleman. Listening to her comping behind Green and Wright is a thing of beauty, she flat out lays a deep groove and swings it like a man. It is her solos that are pedestrian and end up being a little awkward. After laying down some tight stuff behind the boys, she doesn't really say much when it's her turn at the mic. She has decent rhythmic ideas but isn't really playing a lot of organ in her solos. Now sure I'd give my left pinky to be able to play like her but then I couldn't lay down the bass like she does. I'd say her style is similar to the magnificent Baby Face Willette. Of course Baby Face is off the freaking rails and has his own registrations but she lays a groove down like Baby Face. Solo wise she seems to play simple repetitive stuff that Grant Green plays and makes interesting, but instead of repeating stuff to build tension then blow off the steam she just does the repetition but goes nowhere.

I give this record maybe a 3.5 out of 5. It is better than average, Grant Green and Gloria's groovin make sure of that. Leo Wright is the icing on the cake. Definitely give it a shot if you are a Grant Green fan. As far as chick organists go, Shirley Scott smokes them all with Rhoda Scott and Trudy Pitts (who has a great album with Pat Martino) as runner up and second runner in the Miss Hammond Organ competition. But honestly Shirley Scott is an original, has her own style, and smokes most of the men out there too. Of course it doesn't hurt to have hubby Stanley Turrentine playing on her records (or Lockjaw Davis for that matter).
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4.0 out of 5 stars another fablous Impulse discovery, August 20, 2011
This review is from: Soul Sisters (Audio CD)
Gloria Coleman was married during this period to Saxophonist George Coleman and alongside drummer Pola Roberts produced this fine recording. I'm not going too indepth with this record,basically the reviews already written are substantial(this is just another encouragement to try it!!)Roberts is a fine drummer who keeps time and jams well,Gloria Coleman although not the organ stylist of a Jimmy Smith or a Shirley Scott improvises and entertains throught this record,her style is hers and it grooves!!...Grant Green being in this group only contributes more flash to the music...Give it up to Girl power on this one!!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent organ music., October 11, 2004
This review is from: Soul Sisters (Audio CD)
This CD is a great piece of work featuring Gloria Coleman on organ, Pola Roberts on drums, Leo Wright on sax, and Grant Green on guitar. The band seems to cover all bases with swing (Que Baby,Sadie Green) and even blues (Hey Sonny Red). If you like Jack McDuff Or Jimmy Smith, you'll like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Fare., January 18, 2008
This review is from: Soul Sisters (Audio CD)
Coming across an "undiscovered" jazz artist is a satisfying feeling. I always feel a thrill listening to albums not part of the standard repotoire. Of course, on the flipside, some artists and albums lie outside of teh jazz radar for a reason.

I can see why Gloria Colman's album, Soul Sisters, was out of print for quite a while. Not that it is bad! It certainly is not. It is just "middle of the road" good. There isn't much on this album that one cannot enjoy. But there isn't much that is new, original, or really inspired here, either.

First, the good: much of the good is owed to the side-players. Grant Green is as melodic as ever and is given a lot of room to solo. (Gloria Coleman makes up for her lack of inspired soloing by her laid back comping ability.) Leo Wright has some very good ans strong solos on this disc as well. Both of these soloists really know how to play soul! Also, the song selection is good: mostly mid-tempo blues with a really good grinder (Funky Bob).

Now, the bad: as mentioned, there isn't much that is too bad on this disc. The weak link, for sure, is Gloria Coleman's soloing. Lacking the fluidity of Jack McDuff or the inventiveness of Jimmy Smith, she often comes off as simply "noodling." (There are a few spots where I resist the urge to forward through a few bars because she sounds very akward).

So, there you have it. There is some good stuff here, and a little bit of a downside. But mostly, this disc is as "middle of the road" as it gets. But, to me, that means that it is at least worth one listen, especially if you like organ jazz with soul.

And, of course, you might experience the thrill of listening to an "under the radar" artist and album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Sisters, January 18, 2012
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To correct Daniel Marsalone's unnecessary,uninformed, and idiotic comment, the LBGT "chick" on the right is in fact Gloria Coleman. The other "chick" is Pola.
She was a friend.
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