Monday, March 14, 2011

RIP: Joe Morello

Joe Morello, jazz drummer most famous for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, died this weekend at the age of 82 in Irvington, NJ.  The New York Times has a very good obit here. Also, there's one at NPR with a statement from Brubeck and his wife Iola.

Here's the statement:

The loss of my friend Joe Morello came as a complete shock to me. Many people consider the rhythm section of Eugene Wright and Joe Morello in my Quartet as being one of the most consistent, swinging rhythm sections in jazz. Joe was a pioneer in odd-time signatures and a vital part of the "time" series the Quartet made at Columbia Records. His drum solo on "Take Five" is still being heard around the world. Drummers world-wide remember Joe as one of the greatest drummers we have known. He was a good friend. Eugene and I talked yesterday about how much we will miss him.
 Here's a video of the classic "Take Five":

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