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Joe Morello

American jazz drummer

Died when: 82 years 238 days (991 months)
Star Sign: Cancer

 

Joe Morello

Joseph Albert Morello (July 17, 1928 – March 12, 2011) was an American jazz drummer best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

He was particularly noted for playing in the unusual time signatures employed by that group in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk".

Popular for its work on college campuses during the 1950s, Brubeck's group reached new heights with Morello.In June 1959, Morello participated in a recording session with the quartet—completed by the alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and the bassist Eugene Wright—that yielded "Kathy's Waltz" and "Three to Get Ready", both of which intermingled 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures.


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