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Joe Morello: Drum virtuoso exits the stage

Joe Morello, the drummer behind the early Dave Brubeck quartets, passed on this weekend. Morello's legacy was to inspire a generation of drummers.

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Joe Morello, the masterful drummer of the classic Dave Brubeck quartets of the '60s passed away this past weekend in New Jersey. No drummer, other than Ringo Starr, has inspired more Baby Boomers to take up the sticks and brushes than Joe.

His effortless touch, swinging sense of time, and light-as-a-souffle drum solos raised the art of drumming to precisely that – art.

Joe played on more than 120 albums and CDs – 60 with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He won the Down Beat magazine award for best drummer for five years in a row, the Playboy award seven years in a row, and is the only drummer to win every music poll for five years in a row, including Japan, England, Europe, Australia, and South America.

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