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INTERVIEW

Idris Muhammad: Coming to Grips with His Greatness

Read "Idris Muhammad: Coming to Grips with His Greatness" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

This interview was originally published on May 2002. “Style? No, I just play, man. I don't really have a style. Just being able to play music is a style, you know?" says the veteran drummer master Idris Muhammad in his laid-back and understated style. Others know better than to take that self-effacing comment at face value. His style developed into a unique sound over the years, a jny: New Orleans-based rhythm that has influenced many other ...

BOOK REVIEW

Idris Muhammad with Britt Alexander: Inside The Music – The Life of Idris Muhammad

Read "Idris Muhammad with Britt Alexander: Inside The Music – The Life of Idris Muhammad" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Inside the Music: The Life of Idris Muhammad Idris Muhammad with Britt Alexander 235 pages ISBN: 978-1-4691-9216-1 XLibris Corporation 2012 In popular music, particularly before musicians' credit listings became the norm on records, drummers --and really all rhythm section stalwarts--worked in obscurity no matter how brilliant their playing was. A case in point is the legendary New Orleans funk/soul/jazz drummer Idris Muhammad (or Leo Morris prior to his conversion to Islam). Known more ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Idris Muhammad: Power Of Soul

Read "Power Of Soul" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

“Epic Records” is in the process of reissuing sixteen titles from the popular 70’s contemporary jazz label, “CTI.” Formed by produced Creed Taylor, this label may have been the forerunner for what now is coined, “smooth or contemporary jazz.” Hence, many of the recordings by artists such as pianist, Bob James, flutist, Hubert Laws, and others, might signify an antithesis to the ear candy we currently hear on the light-jazz airwaves. Besides, “CTI” bore a signature audio sound thanks to ...


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