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25 Great Moments in Rock Drumming: Bernard Purdie, “Kid Charlemagne”

25 Great Moments in Rock Drumming – Day 5: Bernard Purdie, “Kid Charlemagne,” from The Royal Scam by Steely Dan

“Kid Charlegmagne” is full of session wiz Bernard Purdie’s crisp, tight drumming full of sizzle and pizzazz. Like Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s “Bodhisattva,” Purdie shines like Japan, while his clean hi-hat and snare work is the polish that makes this track sparkle – along with a great Larry Carlton guitar solo.

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