Down Beat - 2/98, p.593.5 stars (out of 5)
- "Montoya combines his impressive guitar language with increasingly secure singing..."
Personnel: Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar); Ernie Cate (vocals, guitar); Shaun Murphy (vocals); Chuck "Sonny Boy" Kirkpatrick (electric & acoustic guitars, background vocals); Benny Yee, Ernest Williamson (keyboards); Steve Ehrmann, Dave Smith (bass); Marty Binder, Steve Potts (drums); William Brown, Bertrand Brown (background vocals).
Personnel: Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Ernie Cate (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Shaun Murphy (vocals); Chuck Kirkpatrick (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Benny Yee, Ernest Williamson (keyboards); Steve Potts , Marty Binder (drums); Bertram Brown, William Brown (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jim Gaines.
Photographer: Jim Purdum.
Coco Montoya's often ferocious guitar is the main reason to acquire this 1997 release. His singing is expressive and reasonably effective, but it is his blazing guitar soloing that makes one wish that he would record a full set of instrumentals; "Cool Like Dat" is a real cooker. Montoya performs some soul, R&B, and even country-tinged music on the set, but he is at his best on the blues, particularly the B.B. King-inspired "Do What You Want to Do." Although his backup band is fine, this interesting if not quite essential release is primarily a showcase for the passionate Montoya. Recommended in particular to fans of the rock side of the blues. ~ Scott Yanow