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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin' - LP

Art Blakey

Blue Note, 2020

Just Coolin' is a never-before-released studio album by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, recorded in March 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder’s famous studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. The session featured a short-lived line-up of The Jazz Messengers with master drummer Art Blakey joined by a crack squad of young firebrands: trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. Featuring two previously unissued compositions it’s a must for all hard-bop fanatics.


1. Hipsippy Blues
2. Close your Eyes
3. Jimerick
4. Quick Trick
5. M+M
6. Just Coolin’

  • Recorded - March 8, 1959 at Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey
  • Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder
  • Producers - Alfred Lion and Zev Feldman