Bernard Purdie Interview / Rick Beato

Bozozoid

Platinum Member
Something about listening to Bernard is relaxing to me. Ya..he can get self absorbed but I see it as humorous not irritating. Jeff admired him..i have to as well cause Jeff's the man.
 

pinstripe

Active Member
I wouldn't think being 81 means this is the end. YMMV according to genetics and health, how you took care of yourself all those years, etc.
Look at legendary drummer Roy Haynes, who's 97 and played into his early 90's, at least from what's available that I've seen on YT.
He said in an interview this past October that he was playing dates in Japan (where apparently there's a wave of intense interest in '60s and '70s music going on) and having a great time and was still happy with his playing. So he may very well have more active years ahead.


I find Purdie's braggadocio to be mostly harmless and frankly it ain't bragging if you can do it, as they say, which he certainly could and did. He also is very generous in praising the other musicians he's worked with.

I thought the interview with Beato was excellent, btw.
 

theseer2

Junior Member
it's a layout -like the keys- of a piano (ascending)
I love it.
especially when it's a 12/10

10 as First tom (coming off snare) is "too high" (sometimes) (most of the time) and yet, placed to the right of the 12" places the 10 in an accessory or auxiliary position that- imho works beautifully (there.
Allows Ride cymbal (to be) pulled in closer; Still a 5 pc. "target" wise.. ; has many benefits.

think of it as a 4pc with (small) auxiliary tom

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anti-in a gadda da vida
or soyl/ white room Cream but compact
and darn concise
it's for the thinking drummer ;) even when he doesn't have to think

I loves his xplain'g of the reverse tom setup when he played 4 drum roll we would go from left to right then back to the snare as 2 strokes each hand/drum top two down to the bottom two.

That was in a way comedy as he made a mockery of the question itself.
Makes perfect sense the way he xplain'd it. 🙂

Then later he did a regular roll left to right 12->10->14 and it sounded perfectly fine,

Making us fools thinking otherwise.
 

EssKayKay

Senior Member
I loves his xplain'g of the reverse tom setup when he played 4 drum roll we would go from left to right then back to the snare as 2 strokes each hand/drum top two down to the bottom two.

That was in a way comedy as he made a mockery of the question itself.
Makes perfect sense the way he xplain'd it. 🙂

Then later he did a regular roll left to right 12->10->14 and it sounded perfectly fine,

Making us fools thinking otherwise.
Toms left to right setup as 12>10>14. This is what I was asking in an earlier post. Is this common? Do many of you configure your kit as such? No biggie, just wondering.
 

theseer2

Junior Member
Toms left to right setup as 12>10>14. This is what I was asking in an earlier post. Is this common? Do many of you configure your kit as such? No biggie, just wondering.

I dont, but some of my sets are just 1 up. Early days most all sets were. JDA's explanation of the 10 being a aux just to the right of the 12 does make sense. No all songs/bands/styles have/need multiple smaller upper toms, as used in the long fast rolls in Rush or Phil Collins stuff. When I play that stuff though on a 1 up, 2 down, I start at the edge of the 13, to the center, then the edge of the 16 to the center, then edge of the 18 then to the center, its like having 6 toms total. Hard on the back though as I get older.
 

Trickroll

Junior Member
Toms left to right setup as 12>10>14. This is what I was asking in an earlier post. Is this common? Do many of you configure your kit as such? No biggie, just wondering.
I do. It works for me and it’s a smooth transition to a four piece if I want to reduce the load.
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
Toms left to right setup as 12>10>14. This is what I was asking in an earlier post. Is this common? Do many of you configure your kit as such? No biggie, just wondering.
I have used it, but currently only have one tom up. A number of well known drummers use this type of set-up, though.

Along with BP, Kenny Aronoff and Mick Fleetwood come to mind.
 

jda

Well-known Member
could have been a Positioning thing Ed Shaughnessy
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with the later set here:
 
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Nacci

Member
The first drummer I saw reversing his 10”&12” was Kenny Aronoff in the 80’s.

I played like that for twenty or more years until I switched to a four piece kit.

After playing that way for so long I would say that the 12” is my “go to” tom so it was right in front of me, the 10”, which was flavor, was off to the side and I would catch it for effect.

I’m not an “around the horn” drummer but if I did then I just skipped the 10” and went 12”14”,16”


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theseer2

Junior Member
Plus, if you started/learning playing one up with traditional grip (jazz), you'd want you main bigger tom right in its original place. Not way off to the right.
 

Multijd

Active Member
The first drummer I saw reversing his 10”&12” was Kenny Aronoff in the 80’s.

I played like that for twenty or more years until I switched to a four piece kit.

After playing that way for so long I would say that the 12” is my “go to” tom so it was right in front of me, the 10”, which was flavor, was off to the side and I would catch it for effect.

I’m not an “around the horn” drummer but if I did then I just skipped the 10” and went 12”14”,16”


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That timpani is interesting. Please tell
about it!
 

Nacci

Member
That timpani is interesting. Please tell
about it!

I have two. They are vintage Sonor acrylic timpani, one in 24” and one in 22”

The tuning system is remarkable in that the tuning lugs are interlinked with a wire system so if you turn one lug, they all turn.

I would help some German drummers get their Vintage Ludwig drums to Germany and in return one very graciously sent these two beauties to me.

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mikyok

Platinum Member
Slowly working my way through the interview. Purdie is one of my drumming heroes and there's some snippets of gems in here.

Wanna get paid gigs be more purdie

If you're not a fan that's cool. Variety is the spice of life!
 

Multijd

Active Member
I have two. They are vintage Sonor acrylic timpani, one in 24” and one in 22”

The tuning system is remarkable in that the tuning lugs are interlinked with a wire system so if you turn one lug, they all turn.

I would help some German drummers get their Vintage Ludwig drums to Germany and in return one very graciously sent these two beauties to me.

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Those are awesome. Remember seeing photos in a catalog but never knew anyone that had them. What a great portable set.
 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
I think Bill Bruford reversed his mounted toms, at least in mid 70's Crimson. I transcribed his drum fills on one of his songs and they always went "Mid-High-Floor" in tone, which means he probably had them setup that way.
 

Stroman

Platinum Member
Okay, I finally had a chance to watch a bit of the interview. I enjoy Beato's over the top enthusiasm, and I like Purdie's evident joy when it comes to all things drumming.

However, I found the interview very painful to watch. Purdie's inability to express himself about the simplest of topics - the hi hat clutch, for example - was sad to me. I didn't watch very much of it. I'll just listen to him play, and think about his happy smile, instead. 😊
 
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