Morello "Loop" Solo Variation #1

An incredible example of Joe Morello’s legendary jazz soloing can be found on YouTube in his solo on the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Sounds Of The Loop.” One of the fun devices he uses is to play an accented rhythm in triplets around the drums, and then answer the rhythm on the bass drum while keeping the triplets going hand-to-hand on the snare drum.

Ex. 1 is written in the style of one of the rhythms he uses in the solo, played on the snare drum with accents. Ex. 2 is written in the style of his variation, playing the rhythms on the small tom. Ex. 3 is written in the style of Joe’s variation, playing the rhythm on the bass drum, in the manner of a call-and-response to the original rhythm. And Ex. 4 is my variation, playing the rhythm on the bass drum, and keeping the original hand-to-hand stickings on the snare.

I hope you will use these ideas in your own soloing, as there are so many rhythmic variations you can use while playing triplets! And please take a look at this incredible solo!

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