Idris Muhammad

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Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad playing with Reggie Workman and Pharoah Sanders, c. 1978
Background information
Birth name Leo Morris
Born (1939-11-13)November 13, 1939
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Died July 29, 2014(2014-07-29) (aged 74)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Genres Jazz, bebop, hardbop, soul, funk
Occupation(s) Drummer, composer
Instruments Drumset

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.[1]


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.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

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 to Gracie Lee Edwards-Morris. Pharoah Sanders's son Idris is named after Idris Muhammad [4]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Kamal Abdul-Alim

  • Dance (Stash, 1983)

With Nat Adderley

With Gene Ammons

With George Benson

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Rusty Bryant

With Paul Desmond

With Fats Domino

  • Blueberry Hill (1956)

With Lou Donaldson

With Charles Earland

With Grant Green

With Benjamin Herman

  • Get In (1999)

With John Hicks

With Andrew Hill

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Willis Jackson

With Ahmad Jamal

With Bob James

  • Touchdown (Tappan Zee, 1978)

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

With Rodney Jones

  • Soul Manifesto (1991)

With Keystone Trio

  • Heart Beats (1996)[5]
  • Newklear Music: The Songs of Sonny Rollins (1997)[6]

With Charles Kynard

With Joe Lovano

With Harold Mabern

With Don Patterson

With Houston Person

With Ernest Ranglin

  • Below the Bassline (Island, 1998)

With Roots

With Pharoah Sanders

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

With John Scofield

With Shirley Scott

With Lonnie Smith

With Melvin Sparks

With Leon Spencer

With Bob Stewart

With Sonny Stitt

With Gábor Szabó

  • Macho (Salvation, 1975)

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


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