South Windsor, CT, December 2022 — The legendary Bernard Purdie recently visited TELEFUNKEN Soundstage in South Windsor, CT to participate in a tribute concert in his honor. The event was produced by Friedman, Kannenberg & Company, P.C., whom previously brought The Immediate Family to TELEFUNKEN for a similar fundraiser, with all net proceeds for both events being donated to The Asperger/Autism Network (aane.org).
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, world’s most recorded drummer, has worked with some of the greatest artists in history, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wilson Picket, and Steely Dan, to name a few. His unique style is so often imitated, that he even has a groove named after him: “The Purdie Shuffle.” This beat can be cleary heard on classic tracks like Steely Dan’s “Home At Last” from the iconic album Aja.
Purdie’s performance and concert were filmed and recorded live in high-resolution audio and video at TELEFUNKEN’s purpose-built microphone testing stage and laboratory. TELEFUNKEN had the unique opportunity to have Purdie break down his famous “Purdie Shuffle” groove, while capturing the performance exclusively with TELEFUNKEN microphones. In this video, Purdie gives a beat-by-beat explanation and demonstration of his famous shuffle, breaking down the independent parts and offering a fresh take on his funked-up creations.
TELEFUNKEN mics featured on this exclusive session include: The M82 on kick and M80-SH on snare from the Dynamic Series. The TF51 on toms, TF47 outside kick, and TF39 Copperhead Deluxe on center kit from the Alchemy Series. The M60 on cymbals and snare, and the ELA M 260 in a Decca Tree configuration from the SDC Series, with a pair of C12s on overheads and a pair of ELA M 251E as room mics from TELEFUNKEN’S Diamond Series.
The multi-track files from this performance are available for download here: