Bernard Purdie

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For the Welsh footballer, see Bernard Purdie (footballer). Bernard Purdie_sentence_0

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Birth nameBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_1_0 Bernard Lee PurdieBernard Purdie_cell_0_1_1
Also known asBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_2_0 Bernard Purdie_cell_0_2_1
BornBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_3_0 (1939-06-11) June 11, 1939 (age 81)

Elkton, Maryland, U.S.Bernard Purdie_cell_0_3_1

GenresBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_4_0 Rock, R&B, Funk, SoulBernard Purdie_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Bernard Purdie_header_cell_0_5_0 MusicianBernard Purdie_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_6_0 Drums, percussionBernard Purdie_cell_0_6_1
Years activeBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_7_0 1958–presentBernard Purdie_cell_0_7_1
LabelsBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_8_0 A&M, Atco, EMI, CapitolBernard Purdie_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_9_0 Jeff Beck, Hummingbird, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Gil Scott-Heron, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Hall & Oates, Isaac Hayes, Cat Stevens, Hair, Larry CoryellBernard Purdie_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteBernard Purdie_header_cell_0_10_0 Bernard Purdie_cell_0_10_1

Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer, and an influential R&B, soul and funk musician. Bernard Purdie_sentence_1

He is known for his precise musical time keeping and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the "Purdie Shuffle." Bernard Purdie_sentence_2

He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. Bernard Purdie_sentence_3

Purdie recorded Soul Drums (1968) as a band leader and although he went on to record Alexander's Ragtime Band, the album remained unreleased until Soul Drums was reissued on CD in 2009 with the Alexander's Ragtime Band sessions. Bernard Purdie_sentence_4

Other solo albums include Purdie Good! Bernard Purdie_sentence_5

(1971), Soul Is... Bernard Purdie_sentence_6 Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973). Bernard Purdie_sentence_7

In the mid-1990s he was a member of The 3B's, with Bross Townsend and Bob Cunningham. Bernard Purdie_sentence_8

Biography Bernard Purdie_section_0

Purdie was born on June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland, US, the eleventh of fifteen children. Bernard Purdie_sentence_9

At an early age he began hitting cans with sticks and learned the elements of drumming techniques from overhearing lessons being given by Leonard Heywood. Bernard Purdie_sentence_10

He later took lessons from Heywood and played in Heywood's big band. Bernard Purdie_sentence_11

Purdie's other influences at that time were Papa Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Joe Marshall, Art Blakey, as well as Cozy Cole, Sticks Evans, Panama Francis, Louis Bellson, and Herbie Lovelle. Bernard Purdie_sentence_12

In 1961 he moved from his home town of Elkton, Maryland, to New York City. Bernard Purdie_sentence_13

There he played sessions with Mickey and Sylvia and regularly visited the Turf Club on 50th and Broadway, where musicians, agents, and promoters met and touted for business. Bernard Purdie_sentence_14

It was during this period that he played for the saxophonist Buddy Lucas, who nicknamed him 'Mississippi Bigfoot'. Bernard Purdie_sentence_15

Eventually Barney Richmond contracted him to play session work. Bernard Purdie_sentence_16

In a 1978 interview, Purdie claimed to have added drum overdubs to "several [tracks] of the Beatles' Hamburg recording" with Tony Sheridan, including "Ain't She Sweet", "Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby" and "Sweet Georgia Brown", to give them a punchier sound for the US market. Bernard Purdie_sentence_17

Purdie was contracted by arranger Sammy Lowe to play a session with James Brown in 1965 and recording session records also show that Purdie played on "Ain't That A Groove" at the same session. Bernard Purdie_sentence_18

Purdie is credited on the James Brown's albums Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud (1969) and Get on the Good Foot (1972). Bernard Purdie_sentence_19

Purdie started working with Aretha Franklin as musical director in 1970 and held that position for five years, as well as drumming for Franklin's opening act, King Curtis and The King Pins. Bernard Purdie_sentence_20

5–7 March 1971 he performed with both bands at the Fillmore West; the resulting live recordings were released as Aretha Live At The Fillmore West (19 May 1971) and King Curtis's Live At Fillmore West (1971). Bernard Purdie_sentence_21

His best known track with Franklin was "Rock Steady", on which he played what he described as "a funky and low down beat". Bernard Purdie_sentence_22

Of his time with Franklin he once commented that "backing her was like floating in seventh heaven". Bernard Purdie_sentence_23

Purdie was credited on the soundtrack album for Sgt. Bernard Purdie_sentence_24 Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and more recently he was the drummer for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair and appeared on the associated Broadway cast recording. Bernard Purdie_sentence_25

Purdie has been a resident of New Jersey, living in Edison, Teaneck and Springfield Township. Bernard Purdie_sentence_26

Encounter Records Bernard Purdie_section_1

In 1973 Purdie founded Encounter Records and released five albums: Bernard Purdie_sentence_27

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Drumming style Bernard Purdie_section_2

Purdie is known as a groove drummer with immaculate timing who makes use of precision half note, backbeats, and grooves. Bernard Purdie_sentence_28

Purdie's signature sixteenth note hi-hat lick pish-ship, pish-ship, pish-ship is distinct. Bernard Purdie_sentence_29

He often employs a straight eight groove sometimes fusing several influences such as swing, blues and funk. Bernard Purdie_sentence_30

He created the now well-known drum pattern Purdie Half-Time Shuffle that is a blues shuffle variation with the addition of syncopated ghost notes on the snare drum. Bernard Purdie_sentence_31

Variations on this shuffle can be heard on songs such as Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain", the Police's "Walking on the Moon", and Toto's "Rosanna" (Rosanna shuffle). Bernard Purdie_sentence_32

Purdie plays the shuffle on Steely Dan's "Babylon Sisters" and "Home At Last". Bernard Purdie_sentence_33

Discography Bernard Purdie_section_3

As leader/co-leader Bernard Purdie_section_4

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  • Soul Drums (Date, 1968)Bernard Purdie_item_1_5
  • Purdie Good! (Prestige, 1971) [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Bernard Purdie in 1996]Bernard Purdie_item_1_6
  • Stand by Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get) (Mega Records [in the 'Flying Dutchman Series'], 1972) with The PlayboysBernard Purdie_item_1_7
  • Soul Is... Pretty Purdie (Flying Dutchman, 1972; reissued on BGP/Ace in 2014)Bernard Purdie_item_1_8
  • Shaft (Prestige, 1973) recorded 1971 [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Bernard Purdie in 1996]Bernard Purdie_item_1_9
  • Lialeh (Original Movie Soundtrack) (Bryan, 1974)Bernard Purdie_item_1_10
  • Delights of the Garden (Douglas/Celluloid, 1975) with The Last PoetsBernard Purdie_item_1_11
  • Purdie as a Picture (Kilmarnock, 1993) with Galt MacDermot's New Pulse Jazz BandBernard Purdie_item_1_12
  • Coolin' 'N Groovin' (A Night at "On-Air") (Lexington/West 47th, 1993)Bernard Purdie_item_1_13
  • Bernard Purdie's Jazz Groove Sessions in Tokyo (Lexington/West 47th, 1993)Bernard Purdie_item_1_14
  • After Hours with The 3B's (3B's Music, 1993)Bernard Purdie_item_1_15
  • Soothin' 'N Groovin' With The 3B's (3B's Music, 1994) with Houston PersonBernard Purdie_item_1_16
  • The Hudson River Rats (3B's Music, 1995)Bernard Purdie_item_1_17
  • Fatback! The Jazz Funk Masters Featuring Bernard Purdie (Seven Seas, 1995)Bernard Purdie_item_1_18
  • Kick 'N Jazz (Drum Beat Blocks, 1996)Bernard Purdie_item_1_19
  • Soul to Jazz I (Act, 1996) with The WDR Big BandBernard Purdie_item_1_20
  • Soul to Jazz II (Act, 1997) with The WDR Big BandBernard Purdie_item_1_21
  • In the Pocket (P-Vine, 1997)Bernard Purdie_item_1_22
  • Get It While You Can (3B's Music, 1999) with The Hudson River RatsBernard Purdie_item_1_23
  • The Masters of Groove Meet Dr. No (Jazzateria, 2001) with Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Tarus MateenBernard Purdie_item_1_24
  • King Of The Beat (3B's Music, 2001)Bernard Purdie_item_1_25
  • Purdie Good Cookin' (3B's Music, 2003) with Purdie's PowerhouseBernard Purdie_item_1_26
  • The Godfathers of Groove (18th & Vine, 2007) with Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Jerry Jemmott [note: originally released as The Masters of Groove]Bernard Purdie_item_1_27
  • The Godfathers of Groove 3 (18th & Vine, 2009) with Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Bill EasleyBernard Purdie_item_1_28
  • Jersey Blue (Running Rogue, 2009) with Gene McCormick, Jack HobanBernard Purdie_item_1_29
  • Selling It Like It Is (Cadence Jazz, 2013) with David Haney; recorded 2009Bernard Purdie_item_1_30
  • Cool Down (Sugar Road, 2018)Bernard Purdie_item_1_31

As sideman Bernard Purdie_section_5

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Purdie.