Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is pretty up about "Elevate," the opening track from Cool Down, his first new solo album in nearly a decade, which is premiering exclusively below.
Purdie, billed as "the most recorded drummer ever" because of his voluminous session resume, tells Billboard that "Elevate" was recorded after he and collaborators Pete Shand and Brian J ate lunch one day during sessions for the album in New York, at a vegetarian-friendly spot they visited several times during the process. "It was kind of easy," recalls Purdie, whose credits include work with James Brown, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Steely Dan and scores of others. "I had the feel of what the song was going to be and we talked about it and it just started and built from there. There were three of us at the time, and we went bonkers. Then (Ivan Neville) came in and did the organ thing and just jumped on the bandwagon and knocked everything out of the park."