With his band - Brant Leeper (keys), Nathan Brown (b) and Rena Beavers (dr) - the guitarist, singer and former John Mayall apprentice Coco Montoya has recorded a live album on which he presents himself much more alive than on his studio works.
When the name Robert Cray appears on an album, quality is the order of the day. And so it is with this renewed excursion into the world of soul: Under the proven wings of Keith-Richards-Intimus and multi-instrumentalist Steve Jordan, the singer, guitarist and songwriter and his band have laid down a razor-sharp and moving mixture of their own pieces and cover versions, some of them written with bassist Richard Cousins, which fascinates from the very first note ("You Move Me"). This is mainly due to the biting guitar lines (Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault But Mine") and the sometimes Sam Cooke-like vocals like in the Sixties-heavy "Fine Yesterday" and "What Would You Say". The instrumental homage to Booker T. Jones and his MG's ("Hip Tight Onions") by Cousins, the pleasantly relaxed blues "You're Everything" as well as the bonus title "Pillow" also confirm this: The five-time Grammy winner Cray and his comrades-in-arms are in great shape with this album and his eleven tracks (which are also available on vinyl for friends of cultivated return).
Top track: Fine Yesterday