Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr. & Reuben Wilson
godfathers of groove are an All-Star
group comprised of Reuben Wilson on the Hammond B3, Bernard "Pretty"
Purdie on drums, and Grant Green Jr. on guitar.
late 60s, organist Reuben Wilson
began ascending to his current status as a "godfather" of acid-jazz
with "On Broadway", the first in a string of albums for Blue Note
Records. With these recordings Wilson revealed a command of funk that
helped redefine the soul jazz movement created by the likes of Jimmy
Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Richard "Groove" Holmes.
Purdie was born
June 11, 1939 in
Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. At 14 years
of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most
important provider for the family - earning his pay with country and
carnival bands. Purdie moved to New York in 1960 and played with
(among others), Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with
King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 -
the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a
regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock,
working together with Paul Butterfield, Larry Coryell, Miles Davis,
Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat
Stevens, Steely Dan's "Aja", Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King,
"Sweet" Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford to name a just a
few. No other drummer in the last three decades has seen the
interior of a recording studio as often as Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.
Purdie has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date.
son of legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green (1931-1979), Grant Green
Jr. was exposed to exceptional musicianship and superb guitar playing
right from the start. Growing up in the Palmer Woods section of
Detroit, Grant enjoyed a constant parade of jazz greats streaming
through his living room and at the tender age of five, with his hands
barely big enough to grasp the guitar, Grant Jr. played his first
chords. Grant eventually settled in New York City where he
fine-tuned his craft in the many blues and jazz clubs throughout
Manhattan. His ability to blend funky grooves with the melodic
soul-jazz and blues made him a popular session player and musician's
Biography and Discography (pdf)
York Times article on Bernard Purdie (3/09)
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