DIAMOND JIM GREENE

HOLDIN' ON

2009-11-24

Chicago blues man Diamond Jim Greene offers a dozen delta style blues tracks mixed with some gospel. The CD begins with his covering of the classic Percy Mayfield track “Please Send Me Someone To Love”. It is Diamond Jim’s best vocal track on the disc, as many of the others reminded me of what would happen if Leon Russell released a blues disc. “Oh Glory {How Happy I Am} is a cover of Reverend Gary Davis gospel track and leaves you feeling that you have just attended a southern Baptist church service. “Girlfriend Blues” is the tale of a mans girlfriend discovering his girlfriend also has a girlfriend, it may be catchy but seems a bit clicheé. This certainly is not a diamond standard offering in the world of blues music, but it is good to see musicians like Diamond Jim Greene continue to bring the sounds of Delta Blues to a new generation. Reviewed By; Gregg Saur

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