Top 5 Favorite Drummers #4 – Bernard Purdie

If you’ve ever listened to music, odds are that you’ve heard of Bernard Purdie. As the most recorded drummer in history he was worked with the likes of Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Miles Davis, and the list just goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on– as does the list of people influenced by him. I like to think that the reason he was in such high demand is because he’s not only a great drummer, but an awesome guy. When I watch videos of Bernard Purdie playing, I can’t help but get infected by his laughter and his great attitude. Purdie is by no means a flashy drummer. He is a pure groove man and in my eyes nobody does it better. At first glance his drumming might seem easy, but if you listen to his ghost notes and his hi-hat playing, you’ll realize it’s a little more complicated than it seems. When it comes to creating a deep groove, Purdie is your man. He’s calm, he’s cool, he’s Bernard Purdie. 



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