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Joe Morello, Legendary Drummer with Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dies 82

Joe Morello (July 17, 1928 – March 12, 2011) was a jazz drummer best known for his twelve and a half-year stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures employed by that group in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk".

During his career, Morello appeared on over 120 albums, 60 of which were with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. He authored several drum books, including Master Studies, published by Modern Drummer Publications, and made an instructional video for Hot Licks titled The Natural Approach to Technique. Morello was the recipient of many awards, including Playboy magazine's best drummer award for seven years in a row, and Downbeat magazine's best drummer award five years in a row. He was elected to the Modern Drummer magazine Hall of Fame in 1988, the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1993, and was the recipient of Hudson Music's first TIP Lifetime Achievement award in June, 2010

Death of Joe Morello
Joe Morello died on 12 March 2011 at his home in New Jersey.  Cause of death is not reported at the moment. Joe Morello was 82 years old at the time of his death.

Joe Morello - 1961 Drum Solo

Joe Morello's Official Website



Re: Joe Morello, Legendary Drummer with Dave Brubeck ...

Joe Morello did the single most amazing drum solo I've ever seen/heard, when I saw him with Brubeck in Princeton, NJ, if I remember correctly (as to the place, that is). I am a musician myself, and not some 3-chord punk, so I could entirely appreciate what he played, to its great depth. At one point I was hearing a simply amazing and impossibly wild yet perfectly timed passage, and I suddenly realized Morello had one hand behind his back! I've only seen (live) a few musicians in my life that so perfectly knocked me out, for different reasons (e.g., Al Di Meola; Stephen Stills; Steve Howe; Brian Auger; Fito de la Pata; and some others), and, of course, I never had the pleasure of seeing certain recognized masters (Hendrix, although that's a long story, since I saw him when he was "Jimmy James" at the Cafe Wha?; McLaughlin; Emerson; Joni Mitchell; Jaco; and more). Morello was a jazz musician, and I was generally more into rock (Mitch Mitchell being another fave, although a crossover), but I knew what I was seeing was almost complete mastery! His timing, his accuracy, his dynamism, his power, were overwhelming. I walked away from that auditorium that night in thrall. Joe Morello was a giant.

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