Idris Muhammad  

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Idris Muhammad (born Leo Morris; November 13, 1939 – July 29, 2014) was an American jazz drummer who has recorded extensively with many musicians, including Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, and Pharoah Sanders, among many others. He is known for compositions such as "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This".



At 16 years old, one of Muhammad's earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino's 1956 hit "Blueberry Hill".

Muhammad was an endorser of Istanbul Agop Cymbals.

In 2012 Xlibris released the book Inside The Music: The Life of Idris Muhammad, which he wrote with his friend Britt Alexander. He died aged 74 in 2014.

Personal life

He changed his name in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. 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, and one daughter from a previous marriage to Gracie Lee Edwards-Morris.


As leader

As sideman

With Kamal Abdul-Alim

  • Dance (Stash, 1983)

With Nat Adderley

With Gene Ammons

With George Benson

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Rusty Bryant

With Paul Desmond

With Lou Donaldson

With Charles Earland

With Grant Green

With Benjamin Herman

  • Get In (1999)

With John Hicks

With Andrew Hill

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Willis Jackson

With Ahmad Jamal

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

With Rodney Jones

  • Soul Manifesto (1991)

With Keystone Trio

  • Heart Beats (1996)

With Charles Kynard

With Joe Lovano

With Harold Mabern

With Don Patterson

With Houston Person

With Ernest Ranglin

  • Below the Bassline (Island, 1998)

With Roots

With Pharaoh Sanders

  • Jewels of Thought (Impulse!, 1969)
  • Journey to the One (Theresa, 1980)
  • Heart is a Melody (Theresa, 1982)
  • Live (Theresa, 1982)
  • Shukuru (Theresa, 1985)
  • Africa (Timeless, 1987)

With John Scofield

With Shirley Scott

With Lonnie Smith

With Melvin Sparks

With Leon Spencer

With Sonny Stitt

With Gábor Szabó

  • Macho (Salvation, 1975)

With Randy Weston

  • Portraits of Duke Ellington (Verve, 1989)
  • Portraits of Thelonious Monk (Verve, 1989)
  • Self Portraits (Verve, 1989)
  • Spirits of Our Ancestors (Verve, 1991)

With Reuben Wilson


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