Spotlight On Joe
A Transcription of the Drum Solo from Take Five
(Joe Morello: Drums — with the Dave Brubeck Quartet)
by Charles Kerrigan
Joe Morello, ranks among the "greats" of jazz drumming. He has won the respect and admiration of every drummer who takes his instrument seriously. An intense study of the artistic drumming of this man will give the drummer a deeper understanding of the drums, both as a solo instrument and as a rhythm instrument. Joe, who is famous for his fantastic "left hand", should also be known for the other qualities which make him a great drummer.
First of all, Joe is a highly sensitive musician. He is totally aware at all times of what is happening musically. This is a great lesson for many drummers who shut themselves off in a little box when they play, totally unaware of anything