Are You Sure, Bobby?
Drummer Joe Morello, another musician who had sight problems from an early age, died March March 12 at his home in Irvington, NJ. He was 82 years old. Morello was best known for his 12-year association (1955-67) with the Dave Brubeck Quartet whose trademark was varying time signatures. At his suggestion, alto star Paul Desmond wrote the jazz classic "Take Five" in 5/4 time. The song sold more than a million copies, rising to No. 25 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart in 1962. After Brubeck's quartet disbanded, Morello worked mainly as a drum clinician and teacher. He returned to performing in the 1970s and '80s, including reunions with Brubeck in 1976 and 1985. Later, he led his own group that featured tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama. By that time, Morello was playing virtually blind, an affliction that never stopped him or lessened his love for the music.
And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin' . . . !
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