the title indicates, this premiere from guitarist Jay Soto
began back at an early age and came to fruition just last
year. He doesn’t disappoint and the results are
quite remarkable. The music varies from track to track and
is never weak in its delivery or composition. It is understandable
to see why he has won so many guitar competitions. Blend
in the sax work of Michael Lington and this is one you won’t
put down any time soon.
The CD opens with a great little number
It Up.” The initial tease gives way to Soto’s
guitar chops and the note for note duet with Lington. The
chorus is infectious and they play off each other while bringing
the song to a climatic finish. “Caught In The Moment” begins
dark with acoustic piano giving way to Benson-like guitar.
The sound is fat with continuance of a piano echo. Some of
Soto’s best work is here with great riffs that mirror
of the omni-present bass line. The title track, “Long
Time Coming,” is full of harmony with spices of sax
from Bryne Donaldson. And while “Song for Mary-Cruz” shows
more of Soto’s acoustic side, “Reflections” ambles
along with a laid-back pace and accents of muted trumpet.
The pace picks up with “Never Let You Go” and
features a chorus that you’ll want to hear over and
over. It’s syncopated while growing upward at the same
time. I’m sure you’ve heard this one over the
airways by now. My favorite on the whole disc has got to
be “Remember The Night.” It begins innocently
enough with acoustic piano and sax before Soto blends in
with his guitar. Lington is back and the two play well together.
The emotion is strong as they both climb higher and higher
until coasting back together with common threads for a remarkable
ending. The real fun track here is “”Miss My
Cabana.” It has a calypso feel and Latin beat that
has everyone up dancing. It reminds me a lot of some of Steve
Oliver’s work with positive chords giving way to steel
drums and some vocal riffs. Be sure to back this one up again
before you head down the road.
Both “Closer To You” and “Black
down the pace as the CD comes to an end. They’re both
reflective while the former features the fat sound of an
earlier tune and the latter catches Soto with a little Spanish
If you’re like so many who missed this disc
when it first came out, I’d suggest you find a copy
very refreshing. There are a lot of people out there who
have already discovered Jay Soto, but for me it was A
Long Time Coming.
- Harvey Cline