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Wind & Wire, Bill Binkleman 2003: "This may just wind up being the best acoustic guitar instrumental album released this year. These three artists have recorded some of the most beautiful acoustic instrumental tunes I've heard in a few years - this music is fantastic! How good is this recording? I couldn't even begin to single out a track as a favorite; they're all grade A top choice. Kohala are exceptional talents and the proof is everywhere on this exceptional album."

Honolulu Advertiser, Wayne Harada 1990: "The instrumentals, many with island flourishes and titles, crisply establish Brotman as a skilled guitarist as well as a perceptive composer. A veteran of music for commercials and films, Brotman has compiled an enticing and atmospheric sampler of his views of everyday life. It's a classy production through and through..."

Contemporary Jazz Review, Dan Margules 1990: "...Very pleasant, easy going debut. Brotman plays his sensible, polished melodies on classical guitar backed by his smooth synthesizers and an understated ensemble that includes Rippingtons percussionist Steve Reid and former Spyro Gyra drummer Tom Walsh. A cross between the gently laid back style of Earl Klugh and the magic of Russ Freeman, with a certain tropicality about it. Brotman is certain to have a bright future in contemporary jazz. Airplay cuts: Heart of Gold, Kam Hiway, Mango Cooler, Marisa's Song, and well, damn near all of ‘em!"

Honolulu Star Bulletin, John Berger 1999: "Brotman, is heard front-and-center as the lead guitarist, with Recaido on the left and Teves to the right. The balance makes "Kohala" great listening on headphones, but these carefully crafted arrangements are a best bet for any situation that calls for soothing romantic music. Call this exquisite!"

Aloha Joe Radio, 2002: "Kohala... they score again. "Back To Kohala"... I can't pick a favorite, they are all that good"

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