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Idris Muhammad

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November 13, 1939 - July 29, 2014


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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