Saturday, March 12, 2011

Joe Morello

Hey everyone,
Just got the sad news from Jon M. that Joe Morello passed away.
Joe (in more recent years) became mainly known as a sort of monster chops teacher. While it was true he was a brilliant technician and a student of the great George Lawrence Stone (author of Stick Control and Accents and Rebounds) Joe didn't get credit for a lot of other great aspects of his playing, such as his beautiful warm drum sound and his very distinctive brush style. Joe Morello was also a great "gateway" player for me from players like Buddy Rich and other technical drummers to some of the more abstract small group players such as Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, etc.

Check out the master at work. Thanks so much for all the wonderful music Joe.

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