“Let the Drums Speak” with Bernard “Pretty” Purdie


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Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, the most recorded drummer of all time, will be doing a clinic discussing his life in the music business and his recent autobiography, “Let the Drums Speak!,” the story of his life and celebrated drum career.

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 77 year-old native of Elkton, Maryland has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date.
This short list provides an idea of the unique qualities this man possesses. Colleagues describe the drummer’s style as the “funkiest soul beat” in the business. 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.

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