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Soul to Jazz - 3-LP-Set

Bernard Purdie

Soul to Jazz - 3-LP-Set

Format: LP 12inch
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427924216
Catnr: ACTLP 92421
Release date: 07 July 2023
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Label
ACT music
UPC
0614427924216
Catalogue number
ACTLP 92421
Release date
07 July 2023
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

Who did Aretha Franklin not want to miss out on when she recorded her most inspiring albums in the early seventies? Who gave Steely Dan the beat, who did Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, "Sweet" Lou Donaldson and Joe Cocker give the chair behind the drums? The list is incomplete, but it must be, because no drummer has seen the inside of a studio as often as Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. On more than 4,000 albums, the art of the artist born in 1939 in Elkton, Maryland strengthens his partners.

Clues, however, to the man's unique qualities are already provided by this small excerpt. Not for nothing do colleagues attribute the "funkiest soul beat" on the scene to the drummer, and consequently Purdie has never relied on the genre of jazz alone, but rather curiously looked beyond the borders. Sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix or Tom Jones are no problem for him, whose precise and sensitive playing is synonymous with drive and groove. This is probably one of the reasons why his rhythms are still used as samples by many DJs today.

When Bernard Purdie is not helping some big star to create a fantastic studio sound, the drummer pursues his own projects such as "Soul to Jazz", two albums he recorded in 1996 and 1997. Released on CD back then (and now out of print), the two recordings have a cult factor today and sound as fresh as they did back then. Now both albums are released together for the first time as a 3-LP Set. These recordings are peppered with lots of prominent star guests from jazz and soul, from Eddie Harris, Michael Brecker and Nils Landgren to Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine and Cornell Dupree.

Purdie's "Soul to Jazz" project takes two different approaches: The first part focuses on the renowned WDR Big Band led by Gil Goldstein. Soul classics such as Stevie Wonder's "Superstition", "When a Man Loves a Woman", Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance" and Lee Morgan's famous groove tune "Sidewinder" are interpreted in large-scale sound. One discovery of these recordings amidst all the renowned guest soloists is the New York-born singer Martin Moss.

The great success of this first album released under "Soul to Jazz" led to "Soul to Jazz II", a more intimate record, but one that picks up where the first recording left off by exploring similar themes. Again Purdie has called together a notable band of kindred spirits, including saxophonists Hank Crawford (B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, Ray Charles), Stanley Turrentine (Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott) and Vincent Herring, as well as guitarist Cornell Dupree (King Curtis) to pianists Benny Green and Junior Mance.

Bernard Purdie's "Soul to Jazz" is a timeless classic and a blueprint of the soul-jazz genre in all its facets. Above all, it is a portrait of one of the most influential and best drummers in the world, who made jazz groove with his inimitable funky soul beat.

Artist(s)

Bernard Purdie (drums)

Bernard Lee 'Pretty' Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer, and an influential R&B, soul and funk musician. He is known for his precise musical time keeping[2] and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the 'Purdie Shuffle.' He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. 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. Other solo albums include Purdie Good! (1971), Soul Is... Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973). In the mid-1990s he was a member of The...
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Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer, and an influential R&B, soul and funk musician. He is known for his precise musical time keeping[2] and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the "Purdie Shuffle." He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.
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. Other solo albums include Purdie Good! (1971), Soul Is... Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973).
In the mid-1990s he was a member of The 3B's, with Bross Townsend and Bob Cunningham.

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Composer(s)

Bernard Purdie (drums)

Bernard Lee 'Pretty' Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer, and an influential R&B, soul and funk musician. He is known for his precise musical time keeping[2] and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the 'Purdie Shuffle.' He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. 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. Other solo albums include Purdie Good! (1971), Soul Is... Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973). In the mid-1990s he was a member of The...
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Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer, and an influential R&B, soul and funk musician. He is known for his precise musical time keeping[2] and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the "Purdie Shuffle." He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.
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. Other solo albums include Purdie Good! (1971), Soul Is... Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973).
In the mid-1990s he was a member of The 3B's, with Bross Townsend and Bob Cunningham.

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Disc #1
01.
Moanin’
02:05
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
02.
Superstition
06:08
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
03.
Iko Iko
05:45
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
04.
Señor Blues
06:51
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
05.
When a Man Loves a Wom an
04:35
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
06.
Freedom Jazz Dance
04:29
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
07.
Sidewinder
07:15
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
08.
Brother Where Are You?
04:14
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band

Disc #2
01.
Wade in the Water
04:42
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
02.
Work Song
03:51
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
03.
Land of 1.000 Dancers
03:09
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
04.
Gimme Some Lovin’
03:44
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
05.
Motherless Child
06:28
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
06.
New Orleans Strutt
08:55
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
07.
La Place Street
06:46
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
08.
Amen
05:59
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band

Disc #3
01.
Jubilation
05:28
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
02.
Joshua
05:17
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
03.
Mr. Magic
07:49
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
04.
Theme From Shaft
07:35
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
05.
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
08:42
(Bernard Purdie) Bernard Purdie, WDR Big Band
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