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Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American session drummer, and is considered an influential and innovative exponent of funk. He is known for his precise musical time keeping 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Soul Drums Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
1973 Shaft Bernard Purdie 1
1993 Purdie Good Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
1995 Master Drummers, Volume 1 Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
1996 Soul to Jazz Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
2006 The Godfathers of Groove Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Grant Green Jr. & Reuben Wilson feat. Jerry Jemmott 2
2009 Soul Drums Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
Purdie Good Cookin' Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
Soul Is ... Pretty Purdie Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Jazz Groove Sessios in Tokyo Bernard Purdie 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Lialeh Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Coolin' 'n Groovin' Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
Legends of Acid Jazz: Bernard Purdie Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1
Soul To Jazz II Bernard "Pretty" Purdie 1

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