Idris Muhammad

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The post about Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" got people talking abut Idris Muhammad, who played on those great Impressions records in the '60's, plus Sam Cooke and a ton of other hit records.

JDA recommended Idris' book, which I just read. It's really something.

All throughout his book, Idris keeps saying that he's not a jazz player. But he's just being humble. He worked with everybody from James Moody to Ahmad Jamal to Johnny Griffin to Harold Mabern. He's a burning-ass jazz player.

Check him out on Mabern's Wailin'. He's getting into Elvin Jones territory.

Idris' main thing was his deep groove and the ability to play the exact right thing for the song. Today, everybody says the same thing about Steve Gadd. Idris and Gadd are very close friends. But Idris told him once, "Just because you play black drums and endorse black drumsticks, that don't make you black." LOL.

When you think about the New Orleans tradition of drummers, it's mind blowing: Paul Barbarin, Baby Dodds, Ray Bauduc, Vernel Fournier, Earl Palmer, Ed Blackwell, and Zigaboo Modeliste, up through the more recent guys like Johnny Vidacovich, Herlin Riley, Stanton Moore, and Adonis Rose. If you grew up in that town, you heard all those second line street bands, and you damn well got that feel or you didn't work.

Dig this. Idris solos at 5:43:

 
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cookin' with gas in that tune ... yeah, thanks for posting

I've always enjoyed Idris ... playing for the song indeed

like this grease:


(he's on all cuts, btw)
 
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Great topic! I love Idris' playing, especially on the record "Alligator Bogaloo", by Lou Donaldson.
 

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Yup, a great jazz player too (fill your boots):

 
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If Idris ain't no jazz player than I don't know who is! What a modest beast he is. He's on sooo many legendary groovin' recordings too. A real legend.
 

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Saw him at the Village Vanguard in NYC a number of years ago with Lonnie Smith on organ. Smokin' set! I was just ready for the second set when they emptied the place for the next set/audience.
 

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Not a jazz drummer! I think his point was that he did not want to be labeled and placed in a limited category. He was a musician who played drums. A lot of guys feel that way.
 

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If you can find the DVD of him playing with The Paris Reunion Band in the mid 80's, it'll be well worth the effort!
 

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One of the burningist tunes in Ahmad's later career. " Devil's In My Den" from the must have Essence Thrre-part CD trilogy.


Live >>>


Idris mixed N.O. in his swang'..
 
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What I liked about Idris too is in his association with Ahmad he had " every" size ( relative speaking) ride;suspended (in addition to 15" hi hats; In his stage set.

16" (far right) 18" (underneath that) 22" (main right) 20" (left)

Had all possible bases;;;;;covered. always,
It's like he knew- or rather didn't know- what to expect- but was prepared- (or was familiar enough to know ---at all corners.
All hands on Deck Idris!

And he was a twin-tom player. (these later days) I liked that.

Note the Bass Drum around 9:51 above.
Total Orleans' in.

Best-looking Drummer ever ; )
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This is what I was talking about using the 18" bass drum but with multi-toms and multitude of 'Cymbal' being able to handle.........plenty. pa-lenty.

even a side-snare in there.
Total Class.
 

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JDA said:
One of the burningist tunes in Ahmad's later career. " Devil's In My Den" from the must have Essence Thrre-part CD trilogy.


Live >>>


Idris mixed N.O. in his swang'..
That is killing> Thanks!
 
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troutstudio said:
Great thread.

This album is so good. How do you play drums like that? :help:

Move to New Orleans? Take online lessons with Vidacovitch? Slick intro, love it.
 
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devinw said:
Ohhhhh yeah:

troutstudio said:
Great thread.

This album is so good. How do you play drums like that? :help:


Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Here's the full album

 
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