The Open Door, which lends its name to one of the compositions in this collection, was Greenwich Village's center of jam-session activity in the early Fifties. Young players like those heard here would gravitate there in the hopes of rubbing elbows and trading fours with the likes of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. All members of this Phil Woods quintet were Open Door regulars, and were among the strongest personalities to emerge from the club. Woods, of course, went on to become one of the great alto saxophonists in jazz history, while the underrated Jon Eardley played some of the most personal and substantial trumpet heard during the period. Both were among the youthful talents that validated the name of Prestige's subsidiary New Jazz label, and their music is suffused with an honesty and fire that holds up over 40 years later.