R.I.P. Idris Muhammad

Idris Muhammad

The passing of so many great jazz musicians this year makes this world a truly sadder place …. Two days ago one of the greatest groove drummers of his time, Idris Muhammad (born Leo Morris) passed away. Not only did he support almost all jazz greats of today at one time or the other, but he did as well some amazing albums under his own name, first of all the evergreen Power of Soul on the KUDU label in 1974. As a sideman he worked among others with George Benson, Lou Donaldson, Pharoah Sanders, Randy Weston and lately with Ahmad Jamal, giving them the backbone for their performances and recordings. I will remember Idris as a warm and kind human being, with a great sense of humour and many music stories to tell – just check out his 2012 book ‘Inside The Music: The Life of Idris Muhammad’, which he wrote with his friend Britt Alexander. Idrid Muhammad: a soul of musical power – unforgettable!

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