Bernard Purdie, detto Pretty (Elkton, 11 giugno 1939), è un batterista statunitense.

BERNARD PURDIE PERFORMANCE GROOVE

BIOGRAFIA

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 57 year-old 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.

DISCOGRAFIA

 Artist

Label

Record #

Title

 Year

Bernard Purdie

 3B's Music and Records

 

Get It While You Can

1999

 Bernard Purdie

 ACT

 9244-2

Soul to Jazz II

1998

Bernard Purdie

 P. Vine

PCD 5901

In The Pocket

1998

Bernard Purdie

ACT

9242-2

Soul to Jazz I

1997

Bernard Purdie

Drum Beat Blocks

DBBCD

Kick N Jazz

1996

Bernard Purdie

 3B's Music

3B003

The Hudson River Rats

1994

Bernard Purdie

3B's Music

3B001

After Hours With The 3B's

1993

Bernard Purdie

Lexington

LCD 1002

Coolin and Groovin

1994

Bernard Purdie

Lexington

LCD 1001

Tokyo Jazz Groove Sesssions

 1993

Bernard Purdie

Kilarnock

 

Purdie as A Picture

1993

Bernard Purdie

Casablanca

7051

Delights Of The Garden

1974

Bernard Purdie

Prestige

10038

Shaft

1974

Bernard Purdie

Flying Dutchman

 

Soul Is....Pretty Purdie

1972

Bernard Purdie

Phillips

10154

unknown

1971

Bernard Purdie

Prestige

10013

Purdie Good

1971

Bernard Purdie

Mega

51-5001

Stand By Me

1971

Bernard Purdie

Direction

8-63290

Soul Drums

1968

Bernard Purdie

Camden

CAS2170

Soul Fingers

1968

Produced by Bernard Purdie:

 Artist

Label

Record #

Title

 Year

Bernard Purdie

 3B's Music and Records

 

Get It While You Can

1999

Tino Gonzales

Horseplay Records

HP330022

Smiles For Miles

1997

Carrie Smith

Silver Shadow

 

Every Now and Then

1994

Felix Pappalardi

A & M

4729

Don't Worry Ma

 1979

Additional Bernard Purdie recordings:

 Artist

Label

Record #

Title

 Year

 Guru

EMI

 

Jazz Matazz Voll. II

1995

Jimmy McGriff

Milestone

M-9163

Blue To The Bone

1988

Donny Hathaway

Atlantic

38107

The Best Of Donny Hathaway

1980

Joe Cocker

Elektra

52092

Luxury You Can Afford

1978

Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Warner Bros.

BS3248

Pronto Monto

1978

Pee Wee Ellis

Savoy

3301

Home In The Country

1977

Hummingbird

A & M

4661

Diamonds In The Night

1977

Essra Mohawk

Private Stock

PS2024

Essra

1977

Scarlet Rivera

Warner Bros

3060

Scarlet Rivera

1977

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

Mega

1012

You Can't Make Love Alone

1977

Hummingbird

A & M

4595

We Can't Go On

1976

Larry Coryell

Vanguard

79375

Basucs (68/69)

1976

Michael Bolton

RCA

992

Michael Bolton

1975

Paul Butterfield

Bearsville

6960

Put In Your Ear

1975

Joe Cocker

A & M

4595

Jamaica Say You Will

1975

Hank Crawford

Kudu

26

I Hear A Symphony

1975

Cornell Dupree

Atlantic

7311

Teasin'

1975

Free Beer

Southwing

6402

Free Beer

1975

Tim Moore

Polydor

2310

Tim Moore

1975

 Geoff Muldaur

Reprise

2220

Is Having A Wonderful

1975

Joe Cocker

A & M

3633

I Can Stand A Little Rain

1974

Lou Donaldson

Blue Note

259

Sweet Lou

1974

Jimmy McGriff

Groove Merchant

GM520

Come Together

1974

Hall & Oates

Atlantic

7269

Abandoned Lunchonette

1973

Garland Jeffreys

Atlantic

SD7253

Garland Jeffreys

1973

Eric Kaz

Atlantic

SD7290

Cul De Sac

1973

B.B. King

ABC

759

Guess Who

1973

Danny O'Keefe

Atlantic

SD7264

Breezy Stories

1973

Cat Stevens

A & M

4260

Foreigner

1973

Jackie Lomax

Warner Bros.

2591

Three

1972

Aretha Franklin

Atlantic

 unknown

Live At Fillmore West

1971

King Curtis

Atlantic

unknown

Live At Fillmore West

1971

Larry Coryell

Flying Dutchman

607

Fairyland

1971

Herbie Mann

Atlantic

 

Push, Push

1971

Miles Davis

Columbia

PG26

Bitches Brew

1970

Insect Trust

Atco

SD33313

Hoboken Saturday Night

1970

B.B. King

ABC

868

Completely Well

1970

Aretha Franklin

Atlantic

 

Young Gifted and Black

1969

Larry Coryell

Vangard

VSD6547

 Coryell

1969

Fat City

Probe

4508

Reincarnation

1969

Al Kooper

Columbia

9855

You Never Know Who

1969

Orpheus

Bell

6061

Orpheus

1969

Insect Trust

Capitol

SKA0109

Insect Trust

1968

Tim Rose

Columbia

9577

Tim Rose

1967

DRUM SET

DW SNARE DRUM

“I like the DWs. I prefer a 14″ x 5.5″, but I’ll go up to a 6.5″ on occasion. I like the feel of this snare. It’s got a great tone, but of course the sound really comes from me. I make the Bernard Purdie sound. What I really like about it is, it stays. You tune it up, play it, and you don’t have to worry about it. You can take it to the next gig, and it’s right on the money.”

DW BASS DRUM

“DW again. I like the 18″, but I prefer the 20″ x 14″. It gives me depth, mid-range, highs if I need ’em — it’s the right bass drum. I know how to get my sound for any kind of music because I learned what I’m doing. You put Bernard Purdie with this bass drum, and you’re going to get something that makes you happy.

SABIAN CYMBALS

“I use Sabian cymbals because they sound right all the time. They’re consistent. I can sit them in the garage for a month, and when I take them out and play them, they give me what I want. I play 13″ hi-hats for speed and agility. I also like the 22″ crashes and the 18″ China Boys. I’ll play different sizes of China Boys if I have to, but the 18s are the thing for me. I can use that cymbal as a crash or a ride.”

CUSTOM DRUMSTICKS 

“It took me 22 years to get the sticks that I want, and they’re my own custom brand. These are the only ones that feel right. They’re the longest sticks in the business at 17″ to 18″. Some are hickory and some are oak. I insist on a wood tip, and I need a certain balance from the handle. I can get the Bernard Purdie sound with these sticks.” 

Let The Drums Speak!: The Life Story Of The World's Most Recorded Drummer

Drummer's Textbook Plus... for Drums. Drummer's Textbook Plus... By Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. A Drum Method for Students and Professionals Technical Information, Rudiments of Music, Exercises, Chart Reading. Text language English. Beginner. Published by Swiss Music Line Drummer's Textbook Plus... By Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. Technical Information, Rudiments of Music, Exercises, Chart Reading Plastic spiral comb bound New Condition

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