Toshiko Akiyoshi grew up in Manchuria, and after the secons world war ended, she and her family resettled on the island of Kyushu. It was there that she was exposed to jazz, and her long, unusual trip led her to America and close relationships with several jazzmen. She began to record in the early 1950's, well before she became interested in leading a large ensemble and integrating japanese musical themes into jazz and blues forms...this is from a very early record featuring Boots Mussulli on alto. Mussulli had played with Kenton, Krupa and Ventura before this date. The tune is by trombonist JJ Johnson, and it is delightful!