A great trad set from the mostly-modern Transition label – that hip Boston label that was once home to Sun Ra, Donald Byrd, Doug Watkins, and the lesser-known John Windhurst Quartet! Despite the group's name, there actually seems to be six players on the record – Windhurst himself on trumpet, plus Jim Andrews and Bud Blacklock on piano, Hamilton Carson on tenor, Walter Gifford on drums, and a young Buell Neidlinger on bass – starting out here in the same trad roots as his later modern partner, Steve Lacy. Tunes have a nice punch, and a surprising modern undercurrent – perhaps some of that Transition label vibe rubbing off on the combo. Titles include "Memphis Blues", "Strut Miss Lizzie", "Lover Come Back To Me", "When You're Smiling", and "You Do Something To Me".
(Japanese pressing, with obi! This one's a bit unusual – it's the Norma Japan pressing, which included a US Jazzology LP inside – but has the cover of the original Transition album and a replica of the booklet too.)