Joe Morello 1928-2011

Joe Morello was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. He introduced the more unusual time signatures┬á starting out with Kathy’s Waltz and Three to Get Ready in 1959. He contributed to over 60 albums with Brubeck. On Take Five he plays an imaginative drum solo maintaining the 5/4 time signature throughout and on Unsquare Dance he solos using only sticks without drums in 7/4 time. At the end of the track, he can be heard laughing about the ‘trick’ ending.

Have a look at this video featuring a classic Morello solo in which he sets up Brubeck’s melody at the start and then in his solo feature plays with a dazzling, unshowy grace typical of his style.

 

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