Bernard Purdie

Genres: Jazz
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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11 June 1939, Elkton, Maryland, USA. ‘Pretty’ Purdie, the eleventh of 15 children, began to learn drums at the age of six. During the 60s he became a highly respected session drummer, and played on numerous releases ranging from Nina Simone to Tim Rose and Jack Jones. He is, however, better remembered for his work in the New York-based house band put together for the Atlantic Records label by saxophonist King Curtis. Purdie was thus present on several of Aretha Franklin’s finest recordings. The self-proclaimed ‘world’s greatest drummer’ also played on numerous jazz sessions, including Albert Ayler’s controversial New Grass. Such work anticipated the direction Purdie took when he embarked on a solo career.

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