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Idris Muhammad

Idris Muhammad

American drummer
Idris Muhammad
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Intro American drummer
Was Jazz musician Musician Composer
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 13 November 1939, New Orleans, USA
Death 29 July 2014, New Orleans, USA (aged 74 years)
Star sign Scorpio
Genre:
Jazz
Instruments:
Drum kit
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Biography

Idris Muhammad (Arabic: إدريس محمد‎; born Leo Morris; November 13, 1939 – July 29, 2014) was an American jazz drummer who recorded with Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, Pharoah Sanders, and Tete Montoliu.

Biography

Born Leo Morris in New Orleans, he grew up in the city's 13th Ward. He showed early talent as a percussionist and began his professional career while still a teenager, playing on Fats Domino’s "Blueberry Hill".

He toured with Sam Cooke, and later worked with Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield, mostly working in R&B until the mid-1960s, before going on to work more frequently in jazz.

Muhammad was an endorser of Istanbul Agop Cymbals.

He died aged 74 in 2014.

Personal life

He changed his name to Idris Muhammad in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. Speaking of his name change, he later noted in an interview with Modern Drummer magazine, "One guy told me that if I changed my name, I was going to have a problem because no one would know that Leo Morris and Idris Muhammad were the same guy...But I thought, well, if I stay the same person, then people will know it’s me. And it worked like that. Everybody knew right away that it was me, because of my style of playing.”

In 1966, he married Dolores "LaLa" Brooks, a former member of the Crystals. She converted to Islam with him and went for a time by the name Sakinah Muhammad. They separated in 1999. Together, they had two sons and two daughters, and he had one daughter from a previous marriage to Gracie Lee Edwards.

Discography

Idris Muhammad is probably best known for his 1974 album Power of Soul, including the track "Loran's Dance", which received considerable airplay on jazz radio stations.

As leader

  • 1970: Black Rhythm Revolution! (Prestige)
  • 1971: Peace and Rhythm (Prestige)
  • 1974: Power of Soul (Kudu)
  • 1976: House of the Rising Sun (Kudu)
  • 1977: Turn This Mutha Out (Kudu)
  • 1978: Boogie to the Top (Kudu)
  • 1978: You Ain't No Friend of Mine (Fantasy)
  • 1979: Foxhuntin' (Fantasy)
  • 1980: Make It Count (Fantasy)
  • 1980: Kabsha (Theresa)
  • 1992: My Turn (Lipstick)
  • 1998: Right Now (Cannonball)

As sideman

With Kamal Abdul-Alim

  • Dance (Stash, 1983)

With Nat Adderley

  • Calling Out Loud (CTI, 1968)

With Eric Alexander

  • Solid! (Milestone, 1998)

With Gene Ammons

  • The Black Cat! (Prestige, 1970)
  • You Talk That Talk! (Prestige, 1971)
  • My Way (Prestige, 1971)
  • Got My Own (Prestige, 1972)
  • Big Bad Jug (Prestige, 1972)

With George Benson

  • Goodies (Verve, 1968)
  • Tell It Like It Is (A&M, 1969)
  • The Other Side of Abbey Road (A&M, 1969)

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

  • Bish Bash (Xanadu, 1968 [1975])
  • Coral Keys (Black Jazz, 1971)

With Bobby Broom

  • Modern Man (Delmark, 2001)

With Rusty Bryant

  • Soul Liberation (Prestige, 1970)
  • Fire Eater (Prestige, 1971)
  • Wild Fire (Prestige, 1971)

With George Coleman

  • Manhattan Panorama (Theresa, 1985)

With Hank Crawford

  • Help Me Make it Through the Night (Kudu, 1972)
  • Wildflower (Kudu, 1973)
  • I Hear a Symphony (Kudu, 1975)
  • Tight (Milestone, 1996)

With Paul Desmond

  • Summertime (A&M/CTI, 1968)

With Fats Domino

  • Blueberry Hill (1965)

With Lou Donaldson

  • Fried Buzzard (Cadet, 1965)
  • Blowing in the Wind (Cadet, 1966)
  • Lou Donaldson At His Best (Cadet, 1966)
  • Alligator Bogaloo (Blue Note, 1967)
  • Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note, 1967)
  • Midnight Creeper (Blue Note, 1968)
  • Say It Loud! (Blue Note, 1968)
  • Hot Dog (Blue Note, 1969)
  • Everything I Play is Funky (Blue Note, 1970)
  • Pretty Things (Blue Note, 1970)
  • The Scorpion (Blue Note, 1970)
  • Cosmos (Blue Note, 1971)
  • Sweet Poppa Lou (Muse, 1981)

With Charles Earland

  • Black Talk! (Prestige, 1969)

With Grant Green

  • Carryin' On (Blue Note, 1969)
  • Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note, 1970)
  • Alive! (Blue Note, 1970)
  • Live at Club Mozambique (Blue Note 2006, recorded 1971)

With Johnny Griffin

  • NYC Underground (Galaxy, 1979 [1981])
  • To the Ladies (Galaxy, 1979 [1982])

With Roy Hargrove

  • Habana (Verve, 1997)

With Benjamin Herman

  • Get In (1999)

With John Hicks

  • Some Other Time (Theresa, 1981)
  • In Concert (Theresa, 1984 [1986])
  • Inc. 1 (DIW, 1985)
  • I'll Give You Something to Remember Me By (Limetree, 1987)
  • Is That So? (Timeless, 1991)

With Andrew Hill

  • Grass Roots (Blue Note, 1968)

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • Shippin' Out (Muse, 1978)

With Freddie Hubbard

  • New Colors (Hip Bop Essence, 2001)

With Bobbi Humphrey

  • Flute In (Blue Note, 1971)

With Willis Jackson

  • Bar Wars (Muse, 1977)

With Ahmad Jamal

  • The Essence Part One (Birdology, 1995)
  • Big Byrd: The Essence Part 2 (Birdology, 1995)
  • Nature: The Essence Part Three (Birdology, 1997)
  • Picture Perfect (Birdology, 2000)
  • Ahmad Jamal 70th Birthday (2000)
  • In Search of Momentum (Dreyfus, 2002)
  • After Fajr (Dreyfus, 2005)
  • It's Magic (Dreyfus, 2008)
  • The Essence Part One (Birdology, 1995)

With Bob James

  • Touchdown (Tappan Zee, 1978)

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

  • Betwixt & Between (A&M/CTI, 1969)

With Etta Jones

  • My Mother's Eyes (Muse, 1977)
  • If You Could See Me Now (Muse, 1978)

With Rodney Jones

  • Soul Manifesto (1991)

With Keystone Trio

  • Heart Beats (1995)
  • Newklear Music (1997)

With Charles Kynard

  • Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People) (Prestige, 1970)

With Joe Lovano

  • Friendly Fire (Blue Note, 1998)
  • Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two (Blue Note, 2000)

With Johnny Lytle

  • Fast Hands (Muse, 1980)
  • Good Vibes (Muse, 1982)

With Harold Mabern

  • Workin' & Wailin' (Prestige, 1969)
  • Greasy Kid Stuff! (Prestige, 1970)

With Jimmy McGriff

  • City Lights (JAM, 1981)

With Tete Montoliu

  • Catalonian Rhapsody (Alfa, 1992)

With Tisziji Munoz

  • Visiting This Planet (Anami Music
  • Hearing Voices (Anami Music)

With David "Fathead" Newman

  • Concrete Jungle (Prestige, 1978)
  • Keep the Dream Alive (Prestige, 1978)

With Don Patterson

  • Why Not... (Muse, 1978)

With Houston Person

  • Person to Person! (Prestige, 1970)
  • The Real Thing (Eastbound, 1973)
  • Wild Flower (Muse, 1977)

With Ernest Ranglin

  • Below the Bassline (Island, 1998)

With Roots

  • Stablemates (In+Out, 1993)

With Pharoah Sanders

  • Jewels of Thought (Impulse!, 1969)
  • Journey to the One (Theresa, 1980)
  • Pharoah Sanders Live... (Theresa, 1982)
  • Heart is a Melody (Theresa, 1982)
  • Shukuru (Theresa, 1985)
  • Africa (Timeless, 1987)

With John Scofield

  • Groove Elation (Blue Note, 1995)

With Shirley Scott

  • Lean on Me (Cadet, 1972)

With Lonnie Smith

  • Turning Point (Blue Note, 1969)

With Melvin Sparks

  • Sparks! (Prestige, 1970)
  • Spark Plug (Prestige, 1971)
  • Akilah! (Prestige, 1972)

With Leon Spencer

  • Sneak Preview! (Prestige, 1970)
  • Louisiana Slim (Prestige, 1971)
  • Bad Walking Woman (Prestige, 1972)
  • Where I'm Coming From (Prestige, 1972)

With Bob Stewart

  • First Line (JMT, 1988)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Turn It On! (Prestige, 1971)
  • Black Vibrations (Prestige, 1971)
  • Goin' Down Slow (Prestige, 1972)

With Gábor Szabó

  • Macho (Salvation, 1975)

With Stanley Turrentine

  • Common Touch (Blue Note, 1968)
  • The Man with the Sad Face (Fantasy, 1976)

With Randy Weston

  • Portraits of Duke Ellington (Verve, 1989)
  • Portraits of Thelonious Monk (Verve, 1989)
  • Self Portraits (Verve, 1989)
  • Spirits of Our Ancestors (Verve, 1991)

With Reuben Wilson

  • Love Bug (Blue Note, 1969)

With Roberto Magris

  • Mating Call (JMood, 2010)

Sampled

  • Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique, "To All the Girls" (Capitol, 1989)


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