NMIL014: “Purdie” – Chord Progressian II

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The Chord Progressian Series features tracks linked by session players, in this episode I focus on Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. Best known for ‘The Purdie Shuffle’ (a polyrhythmic beat unfortunately most often credited to John Bonham) Purdie is clearly the master of tight, intricate yet defined grooves. He is said to be the most sampled drummer of all time. He played for a stretch with James Brown, toured with King Curtis and was the musical director for Aretha Franklin. Some of his best work is with Steely Dan so those tracks play a seminal role in this mix.

Here’s the tracklist…
King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew (Live at Fillmore West)
Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
Aretha Franklin – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Cornell Dupree – Teasin’
Roberta Flack – To Love Somebody
Melvin Bliss – Synthetic Substitution
Hall & Oates – She’s Gone
Cat Stevens – The Hurt
Steely Dan – Green Earrings
Louis Armstrong – Give Peace a Chance
Herbie Hancock – Lil Brother
Beck – Devil’s Haircut
The Wailers – How Many Times
James Brown – Let Them Talk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk -I Love You Yes I Do
Steely Dan – Home at Last
Bernard Purdie – Funky Mozart

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