Idris Muhammad

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Idris Muhammad
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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]

Biography[edit]

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]

Discography[edit]

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 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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