Joe Morello: July 17 1928 – March 12 2011

Joe Morello, most known for his drumming with the Dave Brubeck Quartet died yesterday at his home in New Jersey at the age of 82.

Morello was famous for his delicacy, rhythmic acuity, and his execution of the difficult time signatures found in popular Brubeck tunes like “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk”.

Today we pay homage to the jazz great and feature a clip of Morello with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1964, soloing on ‘Sounds of the Loop’. Do you have any stories, videos, or thoughts about Morello? Leave them in the comments below.

Originally posted on on March 13, 2011.

Musique de Table

This is a pretty fun piece by Thierry de Mey. Generally, it’s performed as a trio, but with some good editing Jose Javier Navarro Lucas performs it here…with himself.

Have you performed this piece? For what venue? What was the response? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Originally posted on on March 12, 2011.

Gavin Harrison performs Slippin’ Away

If you do not know Gavin Harrison’s drumming, you probably have been living under a rock. Gavin currently plays drum set with Porcupine Tree, a British “progressive rock” band formed by Steven Wilson in 1987. Today’s video features footage from a clinic Gavin did at the 2008 PASIC.

What is your favorite example of Gavin’s drumming? What is your favorite Porcupine Tree album? Leave a comment below and let us know what we should be checking out. Thanks to Axel Clarke for recommending this video.

Originally posted on on March 11, 2011.

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