Muhammad Ali (drummer)

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Muhammad Ali (born Raymond Patterson, 23 December 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]) was a free jazz drummer.


Ali was born and grew up in Philadelphia where he, along with his father and brothers, converted to Islam.[2] He recorded with Albert Ayler in 1969 on the sessions released as Music is the Healing Force of the Universe and The Last Album.[3] He moved to Europe in 1969 along with Frank Wright, Noah Howard, and Bobby Few. His brother is Rashied Ali.[1]

The Jazz Discography states that Ali participated in 26 recording sessions from 1967 to 1983.[4][5]

In October 2006, Ali played a concert to celebrate John Coltrane's 80th birthday in Philadelphia with his brother, Dave Burrell and bassist Reggie Workman. He is also playing with Noah Howard in the summer of 2008.


As sideman[edit]

With Albert Ayler

With Bobby Few

  • More or Less Few

With Noah Howard

With Saheb Sarbib

  • Live In Europe Vols 1 & 2

With Archie Shepp

With Alan Shorter

With David S. Ware

With Frank Wright


  1. ^ a b Wilmer, Val (1977). As Serious As Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz. Quartet. p. 259. ISBN 0-7043-3164-0.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians Archived 2011-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Albert Ayler discography". Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  4. ^ Lord, Tom. "The Jazz discography". Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  5. ^ ALlmusic credits