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Just Let Go
Genres: Blues, Pop
It was Albert Collins who hired Coco Montoya as a drummer in 1972 and then taught the young Californian how to play guitar during their five years on the road together. On his third solo album, Just Let Go, Montoya pays tr... more »
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It was Albert Collins who hired Coco Montoya as a drummer in 1972 and then taught the young Californian how to play guitar during their five years on the road together. On his third solo album, Just Let Go, Montoya pays tribute to his mentor with a smoldering version of Collins's slow blues, "Do What You Want to Do." You can hear Collins's influence in Montoya's gruff bellowing and screaming guitar phrases, but you can also hear the effect of two other Collins disciples, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan. Stevie Ray's former producer, Jim Gaines, produced Just Let Go and gave it the rocking rhythms and Memphis-soul inflections that marked the Vaughan brothers' work. Montoya isn't as stunning a guitarist as the Vaughans, but he's a better singer, and the album works best when Montoya shies away from the guitar fireworks and marries a catchy R&B chorus to a blues-rock groove, much like Jimmie Vaughan's old band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The title track, cowritten by Montoya and David Steen, opens with an ear-grabbing guitar lick that resembles a Memphis horn riff and then jumps into a snappy pop-soul number. The Cate Brothers join Montoya on Steen's Stax-flavored "Give It to a Good Man," and former Little Feat singer Shaun Murphy joins the leader for a duet on Steen's bouncy "Nothing's Too Good for My Baby." The results resemble Delbert McClinton more than Collins, and that's just fine. --Geoffrey Himes
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One of the best blues CD's I have purchased this year!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD. I heard Coco on the blues channel on my satellite dish (the blues station) and had to try it. Every song is great and has a personality of it's own. Just Let Go is what caught my attention, but every song is as good as that one! If you like blues you cannot go wrong with this one!"
Another great album by an under-appreciated blues master
firstname.lastname@example.org | 03/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album (along with Montoya's two others) remains the most played in my collection. It's polished, emtional and exciting. The only question I have is: "When is the next one coming, Coco.....it's been two years man!""
Worth the listen
Bob Davis | Christchurch New Zealand | 02/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Coco Montoya delivers some good chops here. Coco is an under-rated guitarist and a good vocalist. My personal preference is John Mayall's 'Life in the Jungle' which delivers the best of Coco's music (with Walter Trout). As a solo artist, he is certainly worth a listen. It is certainly a case of the student exceeding the tutor (Albert Collins)."