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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: November 13, 1939 | Died: July 29, 2014

Idris Muhammad was born on November 13,1939, and began playing the drums at age 8 in his native New Orleans. By the time he was 16, he was performing in jazz bands. Muhammad became known as one of the most innovative drummers in soul music of the 1960's, performing with singers Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, and The Impressions.

He played for the popular musical Hair while performing with the house band for the Prestige Label in the early 1970's. For the rest of that decade, he accompanied popular singer Roberta Flack, led his own band, and worked with Johnny Griffin and Pharaoh Sanders.

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....
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Featured recording “Power Of Soul”

Power Of Soul

Epic Records
2002
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    Power Of Soul

    Epic Records
    2002
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    Right Now

    Lipstick Records
    1998
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    Legends Of Acid Jazz

    Lipstick Records
    1996
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    My Turn

    Lipstick Records
    1993
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    Black Rhythm Revolution / Peace & Rhythm

    Lipstick Records
    1992
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    New Orleans / I'm So Glad

    Lipstick Records
    1980
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    New Orleans

    Lipstick Records
    1980
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