John Mayall’s got some pretty good ears. For his band The Bluesbreakers, he hand-picked Eric Clapton (before Cream), Peter Green (before Fleetwood Mac) and Mick Taylor (before he joined The Rolling Stones). So when he chose a young Coco Montoya in the early 80′s for his reformed Bluesbreakers, you figured he was destined for greatness. After a decade with Mayall, Coco went solo and has produced some fine modern-day blues records of his own. A quick way to catch up is a newly released CD, “The Essential Coco Montoya” (Blind Pig Records), which digs deep into his past with a nod to his work today. If you like hearing what a Fender guitar can do to the blues, you’ll enjoy this collection.