Bernard Purdie is often credited as being “the most recorded drummer in history.” I can’t qualify that statement, personally, but it can certainly be stated in a factual manner that Purdie’s resume is one of the most impressive of any session musician extant. His fingerprints (and footprints) are all over seminal recordings in the world of soul, funk and R&B.
Even more significant than the quantity of sessions Purdie has presided over is the fact that the man is more than likely the funkiest drummer to ever wrap his or her mitts around a pair of drumsticks. Rare is the drummer whose sense of the groove is more pronounced; even less common is the timekeeper who can make you wanna break down and cry simply through the manipulation of time and space and groove.
Purdie is at the point in his career now, at 73, where he can probably lay down these killer grooves in his sleep. But as anyone who caught his performance at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar earlier this year can attest, Purdie is still challenging himself and the musicians on his bandstand every time he sits down at the kit.
Listing all of the recordings to which Purdie’s drumming was a major contribution is not possible in this space. But here are a few of my favorite “sides” that bear the mark of “the Purdie shuffle”: Miles Davis, “Get Up With It”; Steely Dan, “The Royal Scam,” “Aja,” “Gaucho”; Aretha Franklin, “Live at Fillmore West 1971” and James Brown, “Get On the Good Foot.”
The Juke Joint Rhythm & Soul Revue featuring Bernard Purdie and Grant Green Jr. (son of the late jazz guitar legend Grant Green) will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). To make matters even more interesting, Purdie and Green Jr. will be performing as part of an ensemble comprised of some of the Buffalo area’s finest soul, funk, jazz and jam musicians, among them saxophonist Eric Crittenden, bassist Jerry Livingston, keyboardist Ron Davis, percussionist Griffin Brady and turntablist DJ Cutler.
Tickets are $20 (box office) or call 852-2860. Visit www.tralfmusichall.com.
Yeah, we knew they’d be back. Almost from its first days as a functioning unit, “sci-fi Middle Eastern funk” trio Consider the Source has been including Buffalo as a stop in its never-ending tour schedule. Over the past five years, the band’s stature has grown considerably, as constant touring and stops at major festivals have exposed an ever-broadening audience to the compositional and improvisational brilliance of CTS. Led by fretless guitarist Gabriel Marin, and including bassist John Ferrara and drummer Jeff Mann, the trio’s relentlessly progressive music, all filtered through a game-changing trip the three musicians took to India to study traditional and classical Indian music, is breathtaking. Consider the Source returns to Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) at 9 tonight. Timbre Coup and Axis of Evil share the bill. Admission is $15.
Blues/R&B guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mick Hayes will celebrate the release of his “Cafe Artistry” CD at 7:45 tonight in the Hotel @ the Lafayette (391 Washington St.). Various ticket packages are available. Visit www.eventbrite.com, or www.mickhayesband.com.
Aqueous returns to Buffalo for the first time since early September, when the band played a transcendent pair of sets to celebrate the release of its excellent “Willy is 40” disc. Since then, the band has been touring around the Northeast. For a show at 10 p.m. Saturday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.), Aqueous will bring one of the bands the group met on its many travels – Eastern Connecticut prog-funk ensemble Seed – to share the bill that also includes Buffalo’s Off Aurora.
After a highly successful year which found Ransomville performing six shows during CMA Week in Nashville – a major industry shindig and a very high-profile series of gigs – and releasing the album “Country Is What I Am,” produced by none other than country star Cowboy Troy, the band returns home for a show at 9 tonight in Hard Rock Cafe (333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls).
Things continue to look bright for the band in 2013 – Ransomville will take to the road opening for Cowboy Troy in January.
Kate & Corey country
Congratulations to local country-folk duo Kate & Corey, who won the Northeast Regional of the Texaco Country Showdown competition. Now, the duo proceeds to the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to compete in the Jan. 17 final. Kate & Corey will be one of five acts competing for a $100,000 price, and the title of “Best New Country Act.”