IDRIS MUHAMMAD

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

At 16 years old, one of Muhammad's earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino's 1956 hit "Blueberry Hill".

Muhammad was an endorser of Istanbul Agop Cymbals.

In 2012 Xlibris released the book Inside The Music: The Life of Idris Muhammad, which he wrote with his friend Britt Alexander. He died aged 74 in 2014.

He changed his name in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. In 1966, he married Dolores "LaLa" Brooks (former member of the Crystals; she converted to Islam with him and went for a time under the name Sakinah Muhammad). They separated in 1999. Together, they have two sons and two daughters, and one daughter from a previous marriage
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IDRIS MUHAMMAD Peace And Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peace And Rhythm
Funk Jazz 1971
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Black Rhythm Revolution! album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Rhythm Revolution!
Funk Jazz 1971
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Power of Soul album cover 3.53 | 4 ratings
Power of Soul
Funk Jazz 1974
IDRIS MUHAMMAD House of the Rising Sun album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
House of the Rising Sun
RnB 1975
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Turn This Mutha Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Turn This Mutha Out
Funk Jazz 1977
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Boogie To The Top album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boogie To The Top
Funk Jazz 1978
IDRIS MUHAMMAD You Ain't No Friend Of Mine! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You Ain't No Friend Of Mine!
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Foxhuntin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Foxhuntin'
Funk Jazz 1979
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Make It Count album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Make It Count
Funk Jazz 1980
IDRIS MUHAMMAD Kabsha album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kabsha
Hard Bop 1980
IDRIS MUHAMMAD My Turn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Turn
RnB 1990
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Right Now
RnB 1998

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IDRIS MUHAMMAD Black Rhythm Revolution / Peace & Rhythm (aka Legends Of Acid Jazz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Rhythm Revolution / Peace & Rhythm (aka Legends Of Acid Jazz)
Funk Jazz 1992

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IDRIS MUHAMMAD Power of Soul

Album · 1974 · Funk Jazz
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There are probably two different ways you can look at Idris Muhammad’s “Power of Soul”; on the plus side this is a nice collection of sophisticated orchestrated lite funk jazz, on the negative tip this album represents the first steps towards the creation of the fuzak monster that devoured jazz for several years, maybe even decades. This album opens with “Power of Soul”, a great piece of kitschy horn driven soul jazz that sounds like it was lifted from a classic blaxploitation soundtrack. This one is pretty much the highlight of the album and features a great fuzz tone psychedelic guitar solo from Joe Beck as well as lots of intense hard driving horn ensemble lines.

The next three tunes that make up the rest of the album are all somewhat similar to each other, all three are very pleasant and sophisticated lounge funk tunes that feature excellent orchestrations from the then young up and coming Bob James. The individual soloists are also the best with special mention going to the hyper talented Grover Washington and Randy Brecker. Bob James’ top notch production and arrangements on here were mining a field similar to Creed Taylor at CTI. Both were borrowing heavily from the best easy listening and exotica arrangers, such as Henry Mancini and Les Baxter, to create a new modern approach to jazz arranging. Although a lot of this was attractive at first, later a cookie cutter sameness would take over and bland fuzak would rule the jazz radio stations for a long time to come. Still, this record has a lot more soul and hot playing and arranging then the mass of fuzak that would follow in its wake.

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