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Bernard Purdie

An all-time great soul, R&B, funk, and pop drummer, Bernard Purdie's impeccable time and mastery of backbeats and grooves are celebrated. He moved to New York from Maryland in 1960, and recorded with James Brown, King Curtis, and many others. He was CTI's house drummer in the late '60s and early '70s, and worked with Grover Washington, Jr. and George Benson among several others. Purdie toured with Curtis and Aretha Franklin in 1970, and was Franklin's music director until 1975. During his studio days in the early '70s, Purdie recorded with Louis Armstrong and Gato Barbieri along with numerous rock, pop, and soul sessions. He recorded with Dizzy Gillespie in 1980 at the Montreux Jazz Festival and toured with him in 1983. Purdie recorded with Hank Crawford during the early '80s, and has continued working steadily into the '90s. He generated a firestorm of reaction in 1993 when he charged it was his uncredited drumming rather than Ringo Starr's on some Beatles tracks. Purdie claimed proof was forthcoming, but none was presented. He made a rare date as a leader for Flying Dutchman in 1972, Pretty Purdie, that has long since disappeared. But Purdie can be heard on countless discs by Brown, Franklin, Curtis, Gillespie, and Crawford among many others. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lialeh: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1. Lialeh

2. Touch Me Again

3. Conscious

4. Easy

5. All Pink On The Inside

6. Pass Me Not

7. Hap'nin'

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Track List: Soul To Jazz, Volume 2

1. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

2. New Orleans Strutt

3. La Place Street

4. Nobody Knows

5. Jubilation

6. Joshua

7. Mr. Magic

8. Theme From Shaft

9. Amen

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Track List: Soul To Jazz

1. Moanin'

2. Superstition

3. Iko Iko

4. Senor Blues

5. When A Man Loves A Woman

6. Freedom Jazz Dance

7. Sidewinder

8. Brother Where Are You

9. Wade In The Water

10. Work Song

11. Land Of 1000 Dances

12. Gimme Some Lovin'

13. Moanin'

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Track List: Purdie Good & Shaft

1. Cold Sweat

2. Montego Bay

3. Purdie Good

4. Wasteland

5. Everybody's Talkin'

6. You Turn Me On

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Track List: Legends Of Acid Jazz

1. Cold Sweat

2. Montego Bay

3. Purdie Good

4. Wasteland

5. Everybody's Talkin'

6. You Turn Me On

7. Theme From Shaft

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As Muhammad Ali would say, "I'm pretty".
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The Purdie Shuffle! Made famous on Steely Dan's Aja track Home at Last.
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danzas8
Incredibly funky! Memphis Soul Stew by King Curtis and the Kinpins is the definitive "pretty purdie".
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In the drumming world, there are many greater technical maestros (i.e. Thomas Lang, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers) to be sure, but at the end of the day it's groove that moves the minions, and there are only a few players that can hold their own with Bernard Purdie. He's's THAT groovy, THAT funky, and ultimately THAT MUSICAL! As a result of his ability to connect with so many genres in such a personally soulful way, he has worked with virtually countless R&B, pop, rock, and funk artists and outfit
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Purdie is performing this June 2015 at the 3 sails jazz fest at Ocean County College toms River NJ
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Believe he played on some sick Steely Dan tracks too. Not sure exactly which ones. That's Gadd on Aja, but maybe Purdie played on I Got the News?
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linksgayaren a
From the Fleetwood always jazzin peace
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This guitar work sounds like it came straight off a Joe Satriani track. I actually had to check to see if this was a Satriani song with horns that I had never heard.
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rogerblocke
I believe he was the one on the Beatles records . Ringo Star was not much of a drummer.
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spigymrat
this tune is insane! Percussion, horn, guitar--so good and so tight!
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bobcecere4
I shook his hand on Sunday. I wish I knew more about him before then.
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Probably my favorite drummer, next to Tony WIlliams.
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ra_0608coult e r
NICE!!!

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