Wednesday, April 09, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Joe Morello w/The Buddy Rich Tribute Band

Artist:Joe Morello w/The Buddy Rich Tribute Band
Song:Take The A Train
Album:Burning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich Volume II

The first volume of Neil Peart's tribute album to Buddy Rich went so well, he decided to produce a second volume. As with the first album, each track features a well known drummer as a tribute to Rich. One drummer who was not on the first album but is on the second album is long time Dave Brubeck drummer Joe Morello. He was born July 17, 1928 in Springfield, MA. Morello studied violin as a child and even soloed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After meeting violinist Jascha Heifetz at age 15, Morello believed he would never be as good as his idol so he took up the drums. He moved to New York City and played with Phil Woods, Stan Kenton and others. After turning down spots in Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey's bands, Morello joined Dave Brubeck in 1955 for what was supposed to be a two month gig. He stayed for 13 years. Morello played on all the classic Brubeck albums including Take Five. And though Morello has occasionally recorded as a leader and as a sideman for others, he is mainly known for his work with Brubeck. When Peart decided to record a second Buddy Rich tribute album in 1997, Morello appeared on the album. He was not on the first album. Other musicians include Steve Marcus on sax and Jon Werking on piano. Joe Morello died on Mar. 12, 2011 at age 82. He is an unsung hero of jazz but drummers know all about him. Here's Joe Morello with the Buddy Rich Tribute Band performing Take The A Train 1997.

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