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Idris Muhammad

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Idris Muhammad was born on November 13,1939, and began playing the drums at age 8 in his native New Orleans. By the time he was 16, he was performing in jazz bands. 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. He played for the popular musical Hair while performing with the house band for the Prestige Label in the early 1970's. For the rest of that decade, he accompanied popular singer Roberta Flack, led his own band, and worked with Johnny Griffin and Pharaoh Sanders. An excellent drummer who has appeared in many types of settings, Idris Muhammad became a professional when he was 16

Album

Live At Fabrik

Label: Jazzline Classics
Released: 2023
Track listing: You Gotta Have Freedom; It’s Easy To Remember; Dr Pitt; The Creator Has A Master Plan; Greetings To Idris.

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Article: Catching Up With

Soul Survivor: Lou Donaldson Keeps the Bop Flame Alive

Read "Soul Survivor: Lou Donaldson Keeps the Bop Flame Alive" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


This article was first published at All About Jazz on November 2001. Now in his 75th year, Lou Donaldson counts among the few remaining jazz luminaries of the bebop era still active on the international scene. When I recently sat down to talk with him by phone from his home in Florida, Donaldson had ...

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Article: Interview

Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum

Read "Ahmad Jamal: Forward Momentum" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In memory of the venerable Ahmad Jamal. This article was first published on All About Jazz on July 6, 2010. Ahmad Jamal, possibly the most influential of living jazz pianists, turned 80 years young on July 2, 2010. It is however, business as usual and instead of celebrating at home in his slippers, Jamal ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Lou Donaldson: Say It Loud

Read "Lou Donaldson: Say It Loud" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the sound of jazz could be heard lingering in the smoky corners of neighborhood bars in every major city from New York to Los Angeles. These ghetto hangouts were on what was often called the 'chitlin' circuit,' a network of predominantly black operated venues that ...

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Article: Album Review

Pharoah Sanders Quartet: Live At Fabrik

Read "Live At Fabrik" reviewed by Chris May


One reason Pharoah Sanders was such a special artist was the prismatic nature of his music. When Sanders lit on to a new avenue of investigation, he did not in the process reject what he had been doing up until that moment. Instead, he wove the new perspective into the existing structure, enriching rather than replacing ...

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Article: Play This!

Lou Donaldson: Alligator Bogaloo

Read "Lou Donaldson: Alligator Bogaloo" reviewed by Joseph Vella


Who doesn't love the playing of Lou Donaldson? This late-'60s gem is one of those recordings where everything hits right. It is not only brilliant (and wonderfully dated) but it's also the type of record even your non-jazz friends can snap and tap to. The combo of hard bop and soul jazz is infectious. Right from ...

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News: Music Industry

Jazz Dispensary And Vinyl Me, Please Announce A Second Collection Of Reissues

Jazz Dispensary And Vinyl Me, Please Announce A Second Collection Of Reissues

Jazz Dispensary is thrilled to partner with Vinyl Me, Please for a second installment of album reissues, following our inaugural collaboration, in 2020. This latest bundle continues our sonic journey with four cosmically funky catalog gems from the early to mid-’70s. The reissues include Bayeté’s boundary-pushing debut, Worlds Around the Sun; Gary Bartz’s uplifting The Shadow ...

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Article: Album Review

Giuseppe Paradiso: Parallel Dimensions

Read "Parallel Dimensions" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Parallel Dimensions steers the listener's imagination through a luxurious multicultural tapestry woven in music by drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Giuseppe Paradiso and his sextet. It explores broad musical horizons that can sound radiantly bright or dark, often features several instrumental or melodic voices at the same time, and is strongly colored and shaped by ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp

Read "Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Giuseppe Paradiso & Meridian 71 Parallel Dimensions Ubuntu Music 2022 Parallel Dimensions steers the listener's imagination through a luxurious multicultural tapestry woven in music by drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Giuseppe Paradiso and his sextet. It explores broad musical horizons that can sound radiantly bright ...


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