Art Blakey – Stop driving…

Apr.09, 2012


ART BLAKEY  – stop driving us crazy, GRC 5748, 45 rpm (USA),1959


Very very rare hard bop 7”


We cant really find so much info on this rare beast of jazz, but it does have a very interesting story and background:

Produced by The General Board of Temperance of the Methodist Church in the US as a soundtrack to a traffic safety film (!!!).

This instruction film seems to have its intention to prevent people to actually kill themselves by driving… and the music is supposed to be helping against that general idea. It must help… since the music is first class hard bop — classic Messengers style! But what an idea!

Rusty, a spy from Mars, pays a visit to Earth and discovers how its inhabitants disrespect one another by driving poorly. The film espouses a Christian viewpoint on safety, stating that “reckless driving is a sin.”  The 1950s-style animation is great and quite inventive visually!

Interesting enough if you listen to the whole soundtrack there is a lot of “special effects” made by the Jazz Messengers, in order to illustrate car crashes, marsians (!) and related activities! Even a very short “free” trumpet solo by Morgan…

We cant find this music released in any other format and it’s a KICKIN piece of vinyl – with an amazing cover, that seems to be in a unique size… slightly larger then the normal standard 7” covers.

Benny Golson wrote the two pieces: No Time for Speed, Hard Driving Blues and Art Blakey put a group together of the highest skills and levels: Lee Morgan om trumpet, Jerome Richardson on baritone sax (!), Bobby Timmons on piano and Jymie Merritt on bass plus the drummer himself on the drum stool. It SWINGS and there is amazing soloworks from Lee Morgan and Jerome Richardson.

A Sensational 7” !!!

You can see the film here:

and here:


Lee Morgan – trumpet

Jerome Richardson – baritone sax

Bobby Timmons – piano

Jymie Merritt – bass

Art Blakey – drums