“I have to include something that shows off my jazz influences. This is a great record, and Joe Morello is an amazing drummer. I’m still kicking myself in the ass that I never got a chance to take a lesson from him. I kept telling myself, ‘I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it.’ I saw his ads in Modern Drummer, but I just never got around to it.
“Obviously, Joe is famous for the solo on Take Five, but the reason why I picked this album is because it really gets into the progressive side of jazz for its time. There are songs in nine, songs in seven – it’s great for all of that. Blue Ronda a la Turk, like Take Five, is in odd time, and there are some very influential drum parts in it that I still teach to this day. I even used some parts of it in my drum solo in 2011, after Joe Morello passed away.”