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November 13, 1939 - July 29, 2014

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Born in New Orleans Leo Morris made his very first professional recording at the age of sixteen as the drummer on the 1956 Fats Domino hit "Blueberry Hill."

Primarily a soul and R&B player during the early '60s and enjoyed a two year stint as a member of Lou Donaldson's band from 1965 to 1967.

After undergoing an Islamic conversion during the mid-'60s he changed his name to Idris Muhammad and in 1966 married Dolores "LaLa" Brooks a former member of the all girl R&B group "The Crystals.

In the early '70s he held a position as the studio drummer for Prestige Records.

A percussionist who became known primarily for crossing over the bop, jazz, funk, and R&B styles, Idris Muhammad has recorded extensively with many jazz artists including Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, and many more.

Over the course of his career he recorded everything from post-bop to dance music for various labels.

He passed away on July 29, 2014.



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