Blue Note Records has released “Quick Trick,” a never-before-heard song from ’50s jazz combo Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
The jaunty mid-tempo track was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s New Jersey living room studio in March 1959. It featured a short-lived line-up of Blakey on drums, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Jymie Merritt and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley.
“Quick Trick” is the first taste of Just Coolin’, an unreleased album from the aforementioned line-up. The record is due out April 24 via Blue Note.
“In 2020, it’s great to find more Morgan, Mobley and Timmons in their prime,” music journalist Bob Blumenthal wrote in the liner notes of Just Coolin’, according to Jazz.fm. “The music had clearly settled in during the month that separated studio and live versions, but the fire of these six tracks has an appeal of its own.”
Liste to “Quick Trick” below: