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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Joe Morello (drums)


BANDS:
  • Stan Kenton Orchestra
  • Dave Brubeck Group
  • Hank Garland Group
  • Whitey Bernard Group
  • Marian McPartland Group
  • Gil Melle Group
  • Johnny Smith Group

BIOGRAPHY:

Fantastic drummer, Joe Morello was born Joseph A Morello in Springfield, Massachussetts, USA, on July 17th, 1928. Partially blind since he was born, he started practising violin, but soon changed to drums.

Joe started playing in some Springfield local bands, until he was asked to join Whitey Barnard Group.

In 1950 he played with Glenn Gray.

He moved to New York in 1952, joining jazz guitarist Johnny Smith.

Then he joined Stan Kenton Big Band.

Next year, he joined Marian McPartland Trio.


MARIAN MCPARTLAND GROUP


This was Marian McPartland Trio from 1954 to 1956:

MARIAN MCPARTLAND GROUP #?
1954-1956
Marian McPartland
piano
Bill Crow
bass
Joe Morello
drums
Dave Brubeck Groupê

Aroung that time, Joe also started playing record sessions (for example, Tal Farlow or Jimmy Raney).


DAVE BRUBECK GROUP


In 1956, Joe Morello joins the Dave Brubeck Quartet:

DAVE BRUBECK GROUP #?
1956-1958
Dave Brubeck
piano
Paul Desmond
sax
Norman Bates
bass
Joe Morello
drums

They stayed together until 1958, when Norman Bates left.

And in 1958, when Eugene Wright joins the Dave Brubeck Quartet in what everybody thinks as their classic lineup:

DAVE BRUBECK GROUP #?
1958-1967
Dave Brubeck
piano
Paul Desmond
sax
Eugene Wright
bass
Joe Morello
drums

But in 1967, they parted ways.


AND THEN...


After spending more than 12 years with Brubeck, since 1967, Joe mostly dedicated to teach, organizing lots of clinics at universities, as well as writing instructional music books (later, also instructional videos).

This biography is far from complete, as well as the discography, but I already include this page as my tribute to Joe´s genius.

He sadly passed away on March 12th, 2011 in Irvington, New Jersey. He was 82.

DISCOGRAPHY: (56 albums known to me - Status: Just starting)

OWN ALBUMS (8 credits)
  • The Joe Morello Sextet - Joe Morello (1957)

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Guests: Art Pepper (RIP: Red Norvo, Howard Roberts, Gerald Wiggins)
  • Collections - Joe Morello (1957)

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Guests: Art Pepper (RIP: Red Norvo, Howard Roberts, Gerald Wiggins)
  • It´s about time - Joe Morello (05/1962)

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Guests: Wayne Andre, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, Bernie Glow, Urbie Green, Alan Raph, Clark Terry, Phil Woods (RIP: Manny Albam, Phil Bodner, John Bunch, Al Cohn, Jimmy Maxwell, Harvey Phillips, Ernie Royal, Frank Socolow, Nick Travis)
    • Comments: This album was reissued on CD under the new title Joe Morello, comprising the album plus 9 unreleased tracks.
  • Another step forward - Joe Morello (1971)

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Guests: John Howell, Bob Ojeda (RIP: George Gaffney)
  • Going places - Joe Morello (1993)

  • Morello standard time - Joe Morello (1994)

  • Master studies - Joe Morello ( - )

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Comments: Instructional book.
  • Drum method 2 - around the kit - Joe Morello ( - )

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Comments: Instructional DVD.
ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (22 credits)
  • Lullaby of Birdland - Marian McPartland (1953)

  • New faces, new sounds - Gil Melle (1953)

    • Members: (RIP: Gil Melle, Joe Morello)
    • Guests: Eddie Bert (RIP: Tal Farlow, Red Mitchell, Max Roach)
  • Gil Melle Quintet Vol 2 - Gil Melle (1953)

    • Members: (RIP: Gil Melle, Joe Morello)
    • Guests: Urbie Green (RIP: Tal Farlow, Guy Lombardo)
  • Marian McPartland at Storyville - Marian McPartland (1955)

    • Members: (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Guests: (RIP: Don Lamond, Eddie Safranski)
  • Brubeck and Desmond - Dave Brubeck (1956)

  • After dark - Marian McPartland (1956)

  • Dave digs Disney - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1957)

    • Members: (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains 2 bonus tracks.
  • Time out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)

  • Jazz winds from a new direction - Hank Garland (1960)

    • Members: (RIP: Hank Garland, Joe Morello)
    • Guests: Gary Burton
  • Time further out - Dave Brubeck (1961)

  • Countdown - time in outer space - Dave Brubeck (1962)

  • Time changes - Dave Brubeck (1964)

  • Time in - Dave Brubeck (1966)

  • Bravo! Brubeck! - Dave Brubeck Quartet (1967)

    • Members: (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello)
    • Comments: Recorded live in May 1967.
  • Jackpot - Dave Brubeck (1968)

  • Take five - Dave Brubeck (1979)

  • Time signatures - Dave Brubeck (1992)

  • Gone with the wind - Dave Brubeck (1993)

  • The Last set at Newport - Dave Brubeck (1993)

  • Live in Portland 1959 - Dave Brubeck Quartet ( - )

  • Trio & Quartet - Dave Brubeck ( - )

    • Members: (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Cal Tjader)
    • Comments: This album contains 12 tracks from Dave Brubeck Trio (Brubeck, Ron Crotty and Cal Tjader) recorded in 1949 an d 1950, plus 2 tracks recorded in 1967 by Dave Brubeck Quartet (Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello).
  • Take the A train - Dave Brubeck ( - )

    • Members: (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello)
    • Comments: Recorded live in 1965.
COMPILATIONS AS A BAND MEMBER (3 credits)
  • Greatest hits - Dave Brubeck (1966)

  • 16 great hits - Dave Brubeck (1993)

  • Legacy of a legend - Dave Brubeck (2010)

    • Members: Alan Dawson (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Gerry Mulligan)
    • Guests: (RIP: Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Jimmy Rushing)
    • Comments: 2CD compilation with some unreleased tracks.
ALBUMS WITH BANDMATES AND FRIENDS (4 credits)
  • Shades of Sal Salvador - Sal Salvador (1956)

    • Members: (RIP: Sal Salvador)
    • Guests: Eddie Bert, Phil Woods (RIP: Eddie Costa, Joe Morello)
  • Tonight only - Carmen McRae (1961)

    • Members: (RIP: Carmen McRae)
    • Guests: (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello)
  • Take five - Carmen McRae (09/1961)

    • Members: (RIP: Carmen McRae)
    • Guests: (RIP: Paul Desmond, Joe Morello)
    • Producer: (RIP: Teo Macero)
  • Juicy Lucy - Sal Salvador (09/1978)

    • Members: (RIP: Sal Salvador)
    • Guests: Art Davis (RIP: Joe Morello, Billy Taylor)
SOUNDTRACKS (1 credit)
  • All night long OST - VVAA (1960)

    • Guests: Derrick Abbott, Bert Courtley, Kenny Napper (RIP: Jackie Armstrong, Johnny Dankworth, Paul Desmond, Allan Ganley, Don Lusher, Tommy McQuater, Charles Mingus, Joe Morello, Ronnie Ross)
SESSIONS (15 credits)
  • Tal Farlow Quartet - Tal Farlow Quartet (1954)

    • Members: (RIP: Tal Farlow)
    • Guests: (RIP: Joe Morello)
  • The Tal Farlow album - Tal Farlow (1954)

    • Members: Claude Williamson (RIP: Tal Farlow, Red Mitchell)
    • Guests: (RIP: Barry Galbraith, Norman Granz, Joe Morello, Oscar Pettiford)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains bonus tracks.
  • Jimmy Raney Quintet - Jimmy Raney (1954)

    • Members: Jimmy Raney
    • Guests: Phil Woods (RIP: Joe Morello)
  • Blues and other shades of green - Urbie Green (1955)

    • Members: Urbie Green
    • Guests: Med Flory, Freddie Green, Jimmy Raney, Frank Wess (RIP: Aaron Bell, Ruby Braff, Kenny Clarke, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Dave McKenna, Joe Morello)
  • Dream of you - Helen Merrill (1956)

    • Guests: Danny Bank (RIP: Jimmy Cleveland, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Barry Galbraith, Hank Jones, Joe Morello, Oscar Pettiford, Johnny Richards, Jerome Richardson)
    • Producer: (RIP: Bob Shad)
  • Mr Roberts plays guitar - Howard Roberts (1957)

    • Members: (RIP: Howard Roberts)
    • Guests: Bob Enevoldsen, Herb Geller, Bill Holman, Harry Klee, Alvin Stoller (RIP: Bob Cooper, Pete Jolly, Red Mitchell, Joe Morello, Red Norvo, Marty Paich, Gerald Wiggins)
    • Producer: (RIP: Norman Granz)
  • New vibe man in town - Gary Burton (1961)

  • Who is Gary Burton? - Gary Burton (1963)

    • Members: Gary Burton
    • Guests: Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Phil Woods (RIP: Tommy Flanagan, Joe Morello)
  • Supercussion - Dick Schory´s Percussion Pops Orchestra (1963)

  • Dick Schory on tour - Dick Schory (1964)

  • The Big apple bash - Jay McShann (1971)

    • Members: (RIP: Jay McShann)
    • Guests: Sammy Figueroa, Eddie Gomez, John Scofield, Janis Siegel (RIP: Doc Cheatham, Milt Hinton, Connie Kay, Herbie Mann, Joe Morello, Gerry Mulligan, Earle Warren, Dickie Wells)
    • Producer: (RIP: Ahmet Ertegun)
  • Burning for Buddy vol 2 - The Buddy Rich Big Band (1994)

    • Members: Walt Weiskopf (RIP: Steve Marcus, Buddy Rich)
    • Guests: Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, Bill Bruford, Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi, Craig Johnson, Tony Kadleck, Gary Keller, Chuck Loeb, Bob Millikan, Simon Phillips, Marvin ´Smitty´ Smith, Steve Smith, Dave Stahl, Dave Weckl, Jon Werking (RIP: Joe Morello)
  • Burning for Buddy vol 1 - The Buddy Rich Big Band (1994)

    • Members: Walt Weiskopf (RIP: Steve Marcus)
    • Guests: Kenny Aronoff, Bill Bruford, Mino Cinelu, Billy Cobham, Steve Ferrone, Steve Gadd, Omar Hakim, Craig Johnson, Tony Kadleck, Manu Katche, Gary Keller, Chuck Loeb, Bob Millikan, Rod Morgenstein, Simon Phillips, Marvin ´Smitty´ Smith, Steve Smith, Dave Stahl, Dave Weckl, Jon Werking (RIP: Joe Morello, Max Roach)
  • Complete recordings - Bob Dorough & Sam Most Quartet ( - )

    • Guests: Urbie Green, Doug Mettome (RIP: Louie Bellson, Percy Heath, Joe Morello)
  • Tasty pudding - Chuck Wayne / Brew Moore / Zoot Sims ( - )

    • Members: (RIP: Brew Moore, Zoot Sims)
    • Guests: George Duvivier, Harvey Leonard (RIP: Joe Morello)
    • Producer: (RIP: Ozzie Cadena, Gus Statiras)
    • Technical: Rudy Van Gelder
COMPILATIONS (SESSIONS) (3 credits)
  • Early Art - Art Pepper (08/1977)

    • Members: Art Pepper
    • Guests: Chuck Flores, Jack Sheldon (RIP: Russ Freeman, Shelly Manne, Joe Morello, Red Norvo, Leroy Vinnegar, Gerald Wiggins)
  • Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown & Gil Evans - Helen Merrill (1990)

    • Guests: Danny Bank, Clifford Brown, Quincy Jones (RIP: Jimmy Cleveland, Bobby Donaldson, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson, Hank Jones, Jimmy Jones, Joe Morello, Oscar Pettiford)
  • The Best of - Art Pepper (06/1993)

    • Members: Art Pepper
    • Guests: Chuck Flores, Jack Sheldon (RIP: Russ Freeman, Pete Jolly, Stan Levey, Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Joe Morello, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Leroy Vinnegar, Gerald Wiggins)
    • Producer: Michael Cuscuna

RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 1


Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 17
Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Joe Morello, please, also write me with the link.
RELATED MUSICIANS:

Joe Morello mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
Dave Brubeck (22)
Paul Desmond (22)
Eugene Wright (21)
Bill Crow (5)
Ben Tucker (5)
Gerald Wiggins (5)
Gary Burton (4)
Tal Farlow (4)
Urbie Green (4)
Red Norvo (4)

Page created by Miguel Terol on: 15/March/2011 - Last modified on: 15/March/2011. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

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1 comment:

  1. I don't know who will read this but in any case I saw Rudy Rome mentioned. He was my great uncle"s brother in law and his band played at my Bar Mitzvah. He was really good. If I remember correctly he played the clarinet and I followed in his footsteps.

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