Thursday, 9 January 2014

Jazz Drummer Legend: Idris Muhammad (Leo Morris)

Idris Muhammad

Real Name:
Leo Morris, Drummer.
Born: November 13, 1939, in New Orleans.

An excellent drummer who has appeared in many types of settings, Idris Muhammad became a professional when he was 16. He played primarily soul and R&B during 1962-1964 and then spent 1965-1967 as a member of Lou Donaldson's band. He was the house drummer at Prestige Records (1970-1972), appearing on many albums as a sideman. Of his later jazz associations, Muhammad played with Johnny Griffin (1978-1979), Pharoah Sanders in the 1980s, George Coleman, and the Paris Reunion Band (1986-1988). He has recorded everything from post-bop to dance music as a leader for such labels as Prestige, Kudu, Fantasy, Theresa, and Lipstick.

Idris Muhammad

''Black Rhythm Revolution!''
( LP Prestige Records, 1971 )
Catalog # PR 10005

A1 Express Yourself 5:30
A2 Soulful Drums 4:35
A3 Super Bad 5:25
B1 Wander 11:05
B2 By The Red Sea 8:55

Personnel & Credits:
Bass [Fender] - Jimmy Lewis
Congas - Buddy Caldwell
Drums - Idris Muhammad
Electric Piano - Harold Mabern
Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar - Melvin Sparks
Saxophone [Tenor], Saxophone [Soprano], Arranged By - Clarence Thomas
Trumpet - Virgil Jones

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 2, 1970
Format:Vinyl, LP


Idris Muhammad

''House Of The Rising Sun''
( LP Kudu Records, 1975 )
Catalog # KU 27

A1 House Of The Rising Sun 4:39
A2 Bahia 4:38
A3 Hard To Face Music 4:50
A4 Theme From New York City 3:30
B1 Sudan 11:00
B2 Hey Pocky A-Way 6:00

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By - David Matthews, Tom Harrell (tracks: B1)
Bass - Eric Gale (tracks: A3, B2) , Wilbur Bascomb (tracks: A2, A4, B1), Will Lee (tracks: A1)
Cello - Alan Shulman , Charles McCracken , Seymour Barab
Drums - Idris Muhammad
Engineer - Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar - Eric Gale , Hugh McCracken (tracks: B2) , Joe Beck (tracks: A3)
Percussion - George Devens , Idris Muhammad
Piano - Don Grolnick (tracks: A2, A3, B2), Leon Pendarvis (tracks: A1), Roland Hanna (tracks: B1, A4)
Saxophone [Alto] - David Sanborn
Saxophone [Baritone] - Ronnie Cuber
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bob Berg (tracks: B1) , George Young, Mike Brecker (tracks: A2)
Trombone - Barry Rogers (tracks: B1) , Fred Wesley
Trumpet - Tom Harrell
Violin - Charles Libove , David Nadien , Emanuel Green , Harold Kohon , Harry Cykman , Joe Malin , Max Ellen , Paul Gershman
Vocals - Debbie McDuffie (tracks: A2) , Frank Floyd (tracks: A1, B2) , Hilda Harris (tracks: A2) , Patti Austin (tracks: A2)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio
Format:Vinyl, LP

More info & Releases:


idris muhammad promo12 kudu

Idris Muhammad
''Could Heaven Ever Be Like This'' 12'' Promo

From the Album: KU-34 "Turn This Mutha Out"
1977, Creed Taylor, Inc.
Producer, Arranged By - David Matthews
Issued in plain white sleeve.
Catalog # 3318/3319
Vinyl, 12", Promo, 33 1/3 RPM, US, 1977
Matrix Number (Side A label): 3318 A
Matrix Number (Side B label): 3318 B
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