Shaft (Bernard Purdie album)

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Studio album by Bernard Purdie
Released 1973
Recorded October 11, 1971
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
PR 10038
Producer Bob Porter
Bernard Purdie chronology
Stand By Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get)
(1971)Stand By Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get)1971
Soul Is... Pretty Purdie
(1972)Soul Is... Pretty Purdie1972

Shaft is an album led by jazz drummer Bernard Purdie which was recorded for the Prestige label in 1971.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Stewart Mason of Allmusic states, "these limp retreads, apparently aimed at a middle-of-the-road audience that was reaching for hipness but didn't want to be confronted with anything too out there, are utterly unnecessary. There are a handful of good tunes here; although it's unclear what the genial funk groove "Attica" has to do with the 1971 prison riot of the same name, it's got some hot tenor sax solos and a rollicking electric piano solo by composer Neal Creque. Similarly, the mellow and soulful "Summer Melody" has some exquisite electric piano and trumpet over its gentle conga-led groove. An album' s worth of variations on these two themes would have been a minor soul-jazz classic, but unfortunately, Bernard Purdie's overreaching ends up giving him the, um, Shaft".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme from Shaft" (Isaac Hayes) - 5:52
  2. "Way Back Home" (Wilton Felder) -
  3. "Attica" (Neal Creque) - 4:12
  4. "Changes" (Buddy Miles) - 4:52
  5. "Summer Melody" (Harold Ousley) - 6:35
  6. "Butterfingers" (Willie Bridges) - 4:12




  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed July 3, 2013
  2. ^ Bernard Purdie discography accessed July 3, 2013
  3. ^ a b Mason, S. Allmusic listing accessed July 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 164. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.