World of Jazz 90 – A Tribute to Idris Muhammad

A tribute to the great jazz drummer Idris Muhammad who passed away recently. The music featured is from his work as a side man.

While he had spent the past two decades working with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, Muhammad’s drumming covered almost every genre of contemporary music, including rock ‘n’ roll. He toured or recorded with a who’s who of big names — Roberta Flack, Grover Washington, George Benson, Sonny Stitt and John Scofield, to name a few. Muhammad got his first national touring gig with Sam Cooke before moving on to Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield and beyond. Since then aside from a respectable set of releases in his own right his back catalogue of work with some of the leading names in jazz is a testament to his qualities as a percussionist. Over five decades, he logged hundreds of recordings and thousands of performances with Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, Roberta Flack, Pharoah Sanders,  Lou Donaldson, guitarist Melvin Sparks,  Ahmad Jamal, Joe Lovano and many more.



  1. Ahmad Jamal – Mystifying – Picture Perfect
  2. Andrew Hill – Love Nocturne – Grass Roots
  3. Joe Lovano – On Giant Steps – Flights of Fancy
  4. Pharoah Sanders – Speak Low – Africa
  5. Lou Donaldson – Brother Soul – Say It Loud!
  6. Freddie Hubbard – Blue Spirits – New Colors
  7. Gabor Szabo – Hungarian Rhapsody #2 – Macho
  8. Melvin Sparks – Spill The Wine – Sparks


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