Self-proclaimed the "Most Recorded Drummer in History," Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is an American musical treasure. One of few artists who's shaped the rhythm of American music for more than half a century, Purdie returns to the spotlight with an original collection of 10 compositions for his first solo studio album in nearly a decade. Cool Down features Purdie alongside modern funk, soul and jazz masterminds Ivan Neville, Pete Shand, and Brian J while the inimitable vocalists Cyril Neville, Anthony Cole, and Mayteana Morales also guest.
Cool Down is representative of the fact that at the age of 76, Purdie remains a prominent fixture on the contemporary music scene. His deep sonic library to cull drum tones and patterns from, Cool Down takes the metropolitan sounds of East Coast funk and intermingles it with New Orleans rhythms. At the heart of songs "Cool Down," "Elevate," and "Keep On" are grooves that fans of The Meters and Funkadelic would come to expect Purdie to record with his fresh new band. The early ‘70s-esque standout single "Deep In Love" featuring Brooklyn's own Mayteana Morales is destined to become an instant classic. Filled with retro emotion, the synchronicity and mid-tempo progression is the perfect soundscape defining contemporary soul music.
Cool Down keeps true to its funk roots with standout instrumental numbers, "Shand Stand," "Money Bags," "Frank Funk," and "The Golden Tie." The jazz ballad "Better Man" is the album's most intimate moment with Anthony Cole's textured baritone caressed by Brian J's ethereal background vocals and psych-funk guitar work. Ivan Neville brings the NOLA flavor in full effect on "Keep On." With Purdie straight on the beat and sparse as can be, "Stranded" elevates the blues tradition to historical proportions with Cyril Neville singing his heart out while Ivan Neville supports on Hammond B3. On Cool Down, Purdie brings the same vibrancy and spontaneity that embodies the best work of his famed career. With his new core band and standout special guests abound, Cool Down marks one of 2018's singular soul and jazz albums.