Bernard Purdie


Bernard Purdie is the most recorded drummer of all time with a very extensive discography that spans far beyond his own gigs as a lead artist.

He began his career doing sessions with Mickey and Sylvia in New York City and he was eventually contracted to play with James Brown.

He also worked with multiple other big name acts such as Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Hall & Oats, Steely Dan, and more throughout his career that continues on today.


Rock, R&B, Funk, Soul



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Soul Drums (Date, 1968)
Purdie Good! (Prestige, 1971) [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Bernard Purdie in 1996]
Stand by Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get) (Mega Records [in the ‘Flying Dutchman Series’], 1972) with The Playboys
Soul Is… Pretty Purdie (Flying Dutchman, 1972; reissued on BGP/Ace in 2014)
Shaft (Prestige, 1973) recorded 1971 [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Bernard Purdie in 1996]
Lialeh (Original Movie Soundtrack) (Bryan, 1974)
Delights of the Garden (Douglas/Celluloid, 1975) with The Last Poets
Purdie as a Picture (Kilmarnock, 1993) with Galt MacDermot’s New Pulse Jazz Band
Coolin’ ‘N Groovin’ (A Night at “On-Air”) (Lexington/West 47th, 1993)
Bernard Purdie’s Jazz Groove Sessions in Tokyo (Lexington/West 47th, 1993)
After Hours with The 3B’s (3B’s Music, 1993)
Soothin’ ‘N Groovin’ With The 3B’s (3B’s Music, 1994) with Houston Person
The Hudson River Rats (3B’s Music, 1995)
Fatback! The Jazz Funk Masters Featuring Bernard Purdie (Seven Seas, 1995)
Kick ‘N Jazz (Drum Beat Blocks, 1996)
Soul to Jazz I (Act, 1996) with The WDR Big Band
Soul to Jazz II (Act, 1997) with The WDR Big Band
In the Pocket (P-Vine, 1997)
Get It While You Can (3B’s Music, 1999) with The Hudson River Rats
The Masters of Groove Meet Dr. No (Jazzateria, 2001) with Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Tarus Mateen
King Of The Beat (3B’s Music, 2001)
Purdie Good Cookin’ (3B’s Music, 2003) with Purdie’s Powerhouse
The Godfathers of Groove (18th & Vine, 2007) with Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Jerry Jemmott [note: originally released as The Masters of Groove]
The Godfathers of Groove 3 (18th & Vine, 2009) with Reuben Wilson, Grant Green Jr., Bill Easley
Jersey Blue (Running Rogue, 2009) with Gene McCormick, Jack Hoban
Selling It Like It Is (Cadence Jazz, 2013) with David Haney; recorded 2009
Cool Down (Sugar Road, 2018)

Bernard Purdie’s discography as sideman extends far beyond this and includes too much to list here.


Steely Dan – Bernard Purdie


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