Idris Muhammad, drummer
birth name: Leo Morris

Idris Muhammad

November 13, 1939, New Orleans, LA

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. ~ Allmusic: Idris Muhammad ~ retrieved July 7, 2013 © Allmusic

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He changed 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, Pharaoh 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 1956 hit Blueberry Hill. In 1966, he married Doris “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. ~ Wikipedia: Idris Muhammad ~ retrieved July 7, 2013 © Wikipedia

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