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