This is Mr Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie (pronounced Ber – Nard, ryhmes with farmyard) the King of the sticks and legendary session drummer with a CV that’s reads like a Burke’s Peerage of Soul and Funk including;
Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Arif Mardin, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Miles Davis, B.B King, Steely Dan and appearances on over 3000 albums.
I’m guitarist – not a drummer, but watching Bernard filling out the fatback makes me want to start clicking some sticks.
This is Bernard breaking it down and ‘splain’ing the Purdie Shuffle.
And how to build up and bang out the backbeat.
The super funky FuFu Snax
has Pretty Purdie - Soul Bossa Nova availablehere
And new kid on the blog Suspect Me, has Pretty Purdie Soul Clapping available here on his rocking new blog