For this recording, Latin band leaders Bobby Matos (Los Angeles) and John Santos (Bay Area) fused their groups for a one-day super-session in Los Angeles.

For this recording, Latin band leaders Bobby Matos (Los Angeles) and John Santos (Bay Area) fused their groups for a one-day super-session in Los Angeles. The spontaneity and energy that pervades this album is essentially a welcome accident of birth. A couple of the tunes are a bit ragged around the edges, but this is more than acceptable, given that the majority of the songs were new to the musicians (most are even first takes). Afro-Latin jazz and the rhythms never fail. "I Don't Speak Spanish (But I Understand Everything When I'm Dancing)" is a wonderful mambo groove coupled with a cool poetry reading by Denise Cook. "Mambo Moña Mix X" is an original by reed man Michael Turre that provides several horn players with a chance to swing in earnest. The son montuno "Oye mi Querida," one of Matos' offerings, is a classy Cuban tune.—PVV