Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
June 11, 1939
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Bernard Purdie...
BERNARD PURDIE was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family - earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This "schooling" enabled Purdie to "feel my way into nearly every kind of music, 'cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new."

Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with (among others), Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 - the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name.

Liner Notes from Purdie "Soul To Jazz." 3-96. With Brecker Brothers, ACT Music & Vision GMBH. Which musician did Aretha Franklin definitely NOT want missing from the line-up when she recorded her most inspired albums at the beginning of the seventies? Who provided the back-beat for Steely Dan's "Aja", and for whom have Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, "Sweet" Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford reserved that stool behind the drum kit? The list is incomplete, it must be, because no other drummer in the last three decades has seen the interior of a recording studio as often as Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. The native of Elkton, Maryland has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date.

This short list does however, prove an idea of the unique qualities this man possesses. Colleagues describe the drummer's style as the "funkiest soul beat" in the business, and Purdie has decidedly never limited his talents to the realm of jazz but rather has consistently sought out new musical experiences beyond it's borders. He has anchored sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown and Tom Jones with equal ease and proven that - with all his attention to precision playing - terms such as "drive" and "GROOVE" are definitely not missing from his vocabulary. This is certainly why his rhythms have appeared as samples on nearly every "Acid Jazz" record released in the past few years - the new genre that has so successfully hosted the renaissance of Soul Jazz. Furthermore because it is a special pleasure to personally harvest the fruits from trees one has planted oneself - Purdie has now gathered together a flock of like-minded souls and created the new album - "Soul To Jazz". It will certainly, so much can be sure, stun those who seek to copy his style - if not completely draw their attention. These 13 songs prove that the pioneer of the hybrid of blend of Jazz, Soul and Funky Tunes is still light years ahead of his imitators.
Source: bernardpurdie.com




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The Bernard Purdie Super Snare Drum












performed with:

Dizzy Gillespie
Miles Davis
Roberta Flack
Paul Simon
Nina Simone
James Brown
Percy Sledge
Steely Dan
Marvin Gaye
Louis Armstrong
J.J. Jackson
Grover Washington
Gato Barbieri
Gladys Knight
Jackson Five
Isaac Hayes
King Curtis
Aretha Franklin
Herbie Mann
B.B. King
Willy Bridges
Charlie Brown
Neal Creque
Warren Daniels
Lloyd Davis
Ted Dunbar
Gordon Edwards
Tippy Larkin
Danny Moore
Billy Nichols
Houston Person
Norman Pride
Gerry Thomas
Harold Wheeler
Al Jackson
Tino Ganzales
Carrie Smith
Felix Pappalardi
Guru
Jimmy McGriff
Donny Hathaway
Joe Cocker
Pee Wee Ellis
Hummingbird
Essra Mohawk
Larry Corryell
Paul Butterfield
Hank Crawford
Scarlett Rivera
Cornell Dupree
Tim Moore
Free Beer
Geoff Muldaur
Lou Donaldson
Cat Stevens
Al Cooper
Tim Rose

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Bernard Purdie - Aretha Franklin - King Curtis

















Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - KOSA 2007














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© Phil Hallyard







Bernard Purdie & B.B. King



Peter Erskine - Bernard Purdie




Bernard and Bernhard PASIC 2005....



Bernard Purdie - John Blackwell - Bernhard (Drummerworld)
NAMM Show 2008









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Hello Bernhard
Thank you for another great year
Wishing you health, prosperity and much
happiness in the coming year.
 
Peace Always......... 
                                     Bernard Purdie