'This, the latest release from the San Francisco Latin Jazz Society is a multi-cultural sonic exploratory transcending genres but with a smoldering Latin sub current churning just below the surface. Dancing, romancing and the stereotypical extended Latin jam session are pushed well aside in favor of an inventive and well defined style which revolves around textured rhythms and grooves for a retro yet incredibly contemporary ambient feel that pushes musical boundaries. Opening with the title track 'This' there is a harmonic ambiance broken with the subtle free lyrical flow of rhythmic guitar and an organic pulse of percussion and horns. A free form lyrical Latin movement of sound and energy with an undulating pulse, a musical sense of purpose. 'Mambo Psycheddic Blues' kicks off with a deep bass groove and is soon followed with Jim Gordon's more abstract horn work which adds tremendous lyrical depth and propels this tune to a new Latin flavored dimension. 'Right Here' may fit more with what some consider traditional Latin jazz which includes punctuating rhythms and horns that are laid over a more free jazz approach including the smoldering guitar work of Scott Brown. Avant-garde yet incredibly accessible. An incredible fusion of post modern and Latin music into a unique Latin sub genre within the trademark San Francisco sound. The groove on This is undeniable within this sonic melting pot. Dancing and romancing? No...Instead the San Francisco Latin Jazz Society welcomes you to the land of rhythm and pleasure. A unique hybridization of Latin and free jazz where there the music successfully moves past the traditional if not self imposed limitations of a particular genre and creates a unique experience where the listener is offered the opportunity to pull from a myriad of sounds and influences to see just where this musical destination may lead them. An incredibly organic, original and orchestrated music force that transcends genres with ease. Visceral and cerebral jazz for the mind and the soul! The new voice for Latin Jazz. A triumph! Tracks: This; For Demian; Mambo Psychedelic Blues; Right Here; That; Amen. Personnel: Alex Nunez: congas (2,4,5,6); Andy Woodhouse: bass; Jim Gordon: horns, keys, percussion; John Rodriguez: drums; Scott Brown: guitar, percussion.' Brent Black, @CriticalJazz 23 Jan 2012.