The Wizard Of Odd: Joe Morello

“Castillian Drums”
This excerpt from the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s ’63 recording At Carnegie Hall displays Morello’s truly incredible hand and foot technique. “Castillian Drums” features Morello in a fascinating ten-minute drum solo, and this snippet occurs near the finale. Check out the tempo of this section!


“Take Five”
The 5/4 groove that made Morello a drumming icon and made odd time signatures cool. We decided not to transcribe the famous solo here in order to focus on some of Morello’s lesser-known performances. But fear not — you can check out Wally Schnalle’s excellent, complete transcription of the “Take Five” drum part at

Take Five
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