Drumming With Joe Morello

The Dave Brubeck Quartet featured Joe Morello on the drums. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org

If you’re into the world of jazz drumming, you’ve probably come across the name Joe Morello. I’ve featured him on the Play Drums By Ear blog for his brush work before, but haven’t talked much about his time with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Joe is still considered to have been one of the best jazz drummers in music history and his chops were tested consistently from the music Brubeck and Paul Desmond were producing. I found a great video featuring one of Joe’s drum solos on the iconic song, “Take Five,” that is sure to impress and a warmup exercise lesson that Joe taught for perfecting single strokes, double strokes, and paradiddles. The lesson will greatly improve your chops if you put the exercise to use no matter what style of drumming you play. I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did!

The Dave Brubeck Quartet produced one of the most popular jazz songs in music history, “Take Five.” The arrangement is in the odd time of 5/4, which means there are five quarter notes in every measure. Check out one of Joe’s drum solos on the track now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tTyTc6FjjU.

Joe has also produced a series of instructional drum lesson videos. Check out one of his lessons featuring a few basic rudiments at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CujyFrnsmGs.

I hope you enjoyed these videos from the famous jazz drummer Joe Morello. His talent will be missed, but fortunately there are a lot of ways to still learn from him. Stay tuned for more at Play Drums By Ear.



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