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Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939)  considered an inovator of funk drumming. He is known for  "The Purdie Shuffle" and "Ghost Notes".

His credits:  Played the Break Beat on Aretha Franklyn's "Rock Steady", Worked with James Brown, featured on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978),   recently he was the drummer for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair and appeared on the associated Broadway cast recording.[

Bernard Purdie is one of the Funky Drummers that laid down foundations for the BREAK BEAT. Cutting Break Beats are the foundation of HIP HOP Music. (if you don't know this by now, read all my blogs and history lessons. Bernard Purdie explains rhythme that we talk about all the time, the Beats inbetween the Main Beat. When we dance we cath these rhytm in Hip Hop. These ghost notes are very faint, but on good break beats, we can feel these beats, and we catch them with our groove. To be a real Hip Hop dancer you have to learn how to rock to Break Beats that feature Real Funky Drummers (not drum machines all the time). This is why East Coast is famous for producing Music with Samples and Loops from Funk and Soul records to keep that essence. No Drum Machine can emulate the sound of a real Drummer.

Get in between the beats yall!


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