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Brubeck quartet drummer Joe Morello dies at 82


Joe Morello, who as part of the Dave Brubeck Quartet became one of the most famous drummers in jazz, has died. He was 82.

Morello died Saturday at his home in northern New Jersey, family members said. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Morello was a member of Brubeck's group for more than 12 years and was featured on such jazz classics as "Take Five," seen in this video.

Morello also played with many leading jazz musicians over the years, including pianist Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio in the early '50s.

After Brubeck disbanded the quartet in 1968, Morello turned to teaching and writing instructional books.

His news obituary can be found here.

-- Associated Press

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Joe Morello, an extraordinary talent. He was a leader and legend for those of us learning to play drums in the '60's. God Bless him and his well-spent time here.

A great swinging drummer with a beautiful touch, liquid technique, exquisite taste and power.

Sad news to hear. A minor correction -- Brubeck disbanded only the original lineup in 1968. The Dave Brubeck Quartet is still going strong, even as Brubeck himself has recently turned 90.

Such a delicate touch, and grace notes from the heavens. Mr. Morello made the kit a living, breathing instrument of expression.

Morello's solo starts at 2:50 and goes for about a minute. Great drummer who fans often overlooked because of Brubeck and Desmond; Morello has a much longer solo on the studio take and it's just as impressive as Desmond's. May he rest in peace.

Joe Morello laid down the rhythmic foundation for one of the greatest Jazz quartets of all time. The groups signature poly-rhythm sound in the classic break-through album, "Take Five", was greatly due to Joe's efforts on the sticks. Every good Jazz drummer today can owe a bit of gratitude to Morello's pioneering drum sound. Rest in peace, Joe.


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