Jazz great Joe Morello passed away March 12, 2011. He performed on over 120 records, half of which were with the Dave Brubeck quartet. He joined the quartet in the middle of a concert tour with the idea that he would just fill in for 2 months. The year was 1955. He stayed for 12 years and was the drummer on Brubeck’s best known recordings.
Among the cuts that he performed on was”Take 5″, the most well known jazz recording of all time. This is a “Live” recording of Take 5: Dave Brubeck – 01 – Take 5 Take 5 is one of the best cuts on the great album “Time Out”. Other great cuts were “Blue Rondo Ala Turk” Blue Rondo A La Turk and “Kathy’s Waltz” Dave Brubeck – 07 – Kathy’s Waltz The entire album is a must have. I am privileged to own in on Vinyl.
There’s not much to say except that the world has lost a giant of the Jazz world and I for one am glad that I got to enjoy his musicianship while he was here. God Bless, Joe Morello, his family, and loved ones.