Dec. 5, 2012, 12:07 PM EST
By PAT EATON-ROBB, The Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as “Take Five” caught listeners’ ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.
Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager, Russell Gloyd. Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday read more…
Legendary drummer Joe Morello passed away March 12, 2011. Known best for his stop-n-go 5/4 time drumming for the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s mega-monster hit “TAKE FIVE,” (1959) “left the stage” at 82.
From the New York Time’s obituary:
“Joseph A. Morello was born in Springfield, Mass., on July 17, 1928. Sight-impaired from an early age, he took up the violin at 6 and performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra three years later. According to a biography on his Web site, Mr. Morello gave up the violin for drums at 15, after meeting his idol, the violinist Jascha Heifetz.”
Apparently Morello felt that he would never be able to achieve “that sound.” “Time Out” refers to the title of the 1959 record album containing arguably the tastiest instrumental jazz/pop tune of the century, “Take Five.” – LVBC