With Ted Curson's magnificent Black Lion CD "Tears For Dolphy" no longer available (and alas my review of that title for Amazon as well), it is great to see that other excellent 60s Curson recordings have resurfaced in recent years. "The New Thing & The Blue Thing," originally issued on Atlantic in 1965 and now reissued on Koch Jazz, is one of these albums. This disc features the same lineup as "Tears For Dolphy" -- Curson on trumpet, Bill Barron on tenor sax, Herb Bushler on bass and Dick Berk on drums -- with the addition of Georges Arvanitas on piano. Even one of the songs from "Tears" is reprised here, the delightful "Reava's Waltz." But the album is not redundant in the least as the group tackles four more Curson originals, with "Straight Ice" the standout, and the standard "Star Eyes." Curson built his reputation as a member of the Mingus band, and it is easy to see the impression the bassist made on Curson. Mingus fans will undoubtedly appreciate this overlooked trumpeter.