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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Legend: Idris Muhammad



Idris Muhammad (born November 13, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana; is a jazz drummer. He was born Leo Morris on November 13, 1939 before changing his name in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. He is known for his funky playing style. He has released a number of albums as leader, and has played with a number of jazz legends including Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington, Jr. He has been touring and recording with pianist Ahmad Jamal since 1995. At 15 years-old, one of Muhammad's earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino's 1956 smash hit Blueberry Hill.

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. Muhammad is an endorser of Istanbul Agop Cymbals who issued a 22" Idris Muhammad Signature Ride in at the 2008 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.

Discography:

As leader
  • 1970: Black Rhythm Revolution (Prestige Records) Flac
  • 1971: Peace & Rhythm (Prestige) Flac
  • 1974: Power of Soul
  • 1976: House of the Rising Sun
  • 1977: Turn This Mutha Out
  • 1978: Boogie to the Top
  • 1978: You Ain't No Friend of Mine 
  • 1979: Fox Huntin'
  • 1980: Kabsha
  • 1980: Make It Count
  • 1992: My Turn
  • 1996:Legends of Acid Jazz
  • 1998: Right Now
As sideman
  • With Pharoah Sanders
  • Jewels of Thought(1969)
  • Journey to the One (1980)
  • Shukuru (1981)
  • Heart Is a Melody(1982)
  • Africa(1987)
  • With Nat Adderley
  • * Calling Out Loud (CTI, 1968)
  • With Lou Donaldson
  • * Fried Buzzard (Cadet, 1965)
  • * Blowing in the Wind (Cadet, 1966)
  • * Lou Donaldson At His Best (Cadet, 1966)
  • * Alligator Bogaloo (Blue Note, 1967)
  • * Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note, 1967)
  • * Midnight Creeper (Blue Note, 1968)
  • * Say It Loud! (Blue Note, 1968)
  • * Hot Dog (Blue Note, 1969)
  • * Everything I Play is Funky (Blue Note, 1970)
  • * Pretty Things (Blue Note, 1970)
  • * The Scorpion (Blue Note, 1970)
  • * Cosmos (Blue Note 1971)
  • * Sweet Poppa Lou (Muse, 1981)
  • With Grant Green
  • * Sookie Sookie (Blue Breakbeats 1998)
  • With Freddie Hubbard
  • * New Colors (Hip Bop Essence 2001) \ FLAC
  • With Ahmad Jamal
  • * The Essence of Ahmad Jamal, Pt 1 (1994) pass = yuforum\ FLAC
  • * Big Byrd: The Essence, Pt. 2 (Dreyfus, 1997) pass = yuforum
  • * Nature: The Essence, Part III (Dreyfus, 1998)pass = yuforum
  • * Picture Perfect (2000)
  • * Ahmad Jamal 70th Birthday (2000)
  • * In Search of Momentum (Dreyfus, 2002)
  • * After Fajr (Dreyfus, 2005) \ Flac
  • * It's Magic (Dreyfus, 2008)
  • With Rodney Jones
  • * Soul Manifesto (1991)
  • With Ernest Ranglin
  • * Below the Bassline (Island Records, 1998)
  • With John Scofield
  • * Groove Elation (1995)
  • With Leon Spencer
  • * Sneak Preview (Prestige Records, 1970)
  • * Louisiana Slim (Prestige, 1971)
  • With Stanley Turrentine
  • Common Touch(1968)
  • Sugar Man(1975)
  • With Andrew Hill
  • Grass Roots!(1968)
  • With Charles Earland
  • Black Talk!(1969)
  • With Reuben Wilson
  • Love Bug (1969)
  • With Lonnie Smith
  • Turning Point(1969)
  • With Sonny Stitt
  • Goin' Down Slow (1971)
  • With Gene Ammons
  • My Way (1970)
  • With Bob James
  • 1965: Explosions
  • 2003 - The Legendary Albums
  • With Roberta Flack
  • Feel Like Makin' Love (1975)
  • Blue Lights in the Basement(1977)
  • With Merry Clayton
  • Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow (1975)
  • With Gabor Szabo
  • Macho(1975)
  • With Allspice
  • Allspice(1977)
  • With Richard "Groove" Holmes
  • Groove's Groove(1977)
  • Good Vibrations (1977)
  • With David "Fathead" Newman
  • Back to Basics (1977)
  • Concrete Jungle(1977)
  • Keep the Dream Alive(1977)
  • With Dexter Wansel
  • What the World Is Coming To(1977)
  • With Wilbert Longmire
  • Champagne(1979)
  • With Johnny Lytle
  • Fast Hands(1980)
  • Good Vibes(1981)
  • With Ximo Tebar
  • The Champs(2004)
  • With Horace Silver
  • That Healin' Feelin(1970)
  • With Bobbi Humphrey
  • Flute In (1971)
  • With Rusty Bryant
  • Soul Liberation(1970)
  • Fire Eater (1971)
  • With Melvin Sparks
  • Akilah(1973)
  • With Willis "Gator" Jackson,
  • Bar Wars(1977) \ APE
  • Single Action(1978)
  • With Etta Jones
  • My Mother's Eyes(1977)
  • With Randy Weston
  • Portraits of Thelonious Monk(1990,Verve)






11 comments:

Simon666 said...

Nice work Vel_Kam!
I've linked up "You Aint No Friend of Mine"

Vel_Kam said...

tnx, Simon666 !!!

zand said...

Exellent post! Thank You!

mazzi said...

Excellent! Superb!

zand said...

1996:Legends of Acid Jazz
http://www.mediafire.com/?nxmqjdkdwzj
http://www.mediafire.com/?q241efylzwn

zand said...

1992: My Turn
http://www.mediafire.com/?dmilgyymmfy

Vel_Kam said...

Thanks, Zand!!!All done,

mak58 said...

You are missing three great recordings he made in France with Randy Weston as a leader under the Verve label
presented as a trilogy
1. portrait of thelonius monk
2. portrait of duke ellington
3. self portrait
recorded 3,4 and 5 June 1989

Vel_Kam said...

Thanks,mak58, for your comment.I'll try find out this albums in WEB, if you yave links for them-send,please, it to us...

mak58 said...

sorry it took me so long to reply
I have the CD's
I don't know if they are available in the market now
but if you tell me how to do it
i can send them to you

Andy said...

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