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Idris MUHAMMAD – Boogie To The Top 1978

Posted in Idris MUHAMMAD, JAZZ on December 12, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Idris MUHAMMAD – Boogie To The Top 1978
KU 38

Jazz

Idris Muhammad (born November 13, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana; is a jazz drummer. He was born Leo Morris on November 13, 1939 before changing his name in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. He is known for his funky playing style. He has released a number of albums as leader, and has played with a number of jazz legends including Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington, Jr. He has been touring and recording with pianist Ahmad Jamal since 1995. At 15 years-old, one of Muhammad’s earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino’s 1956 smash hit Blueberry Hill.

Pure jazz artists and lovers of the genre hated LPs like this. The most puzzling thing is that the album is in Idris’ name. Muhammad is a drummer, but solos are rare, he only does a brief one on the title cut, and he didn’t write, produce, or arrange anything. The rhythm play on “Boogie to the Top” is Muhammad’s brightest moment, the tune drives like a Jaguar with all the gears out — it’s 11 minutes of funky, percolating ear blasts, instigated by Idris’ stimulating rim shots. “Slow and bluesy” best describes “Bread,” sounds the drummer heard daily while growing up in Louisiana; Hiram Bullock’s intermittent guitar solos are scorchers. A peppy “One with a Star” has charm but changes directions so much it loses its flavor. “Stick It in Your Face” is whatever concept producer Dave Matthews had for Idris at its worst; the tune doesn’t get interesting until the vocalists stop singing the irritating chorus, which they only do for 15 seconds before returning as annoying as ever. Horns are listed on this session but are so far down in the mix they’re barely audible, except on “S-E-X,” where they should have deep-sixed the obnoxious vocals.
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Bass- Will Lee
Drums- Idris Muhammad
Guitar- Hiram Bullock
Harp- Gloria Agostini
Keyboards- Cliff Carter
Percussion- David Friedman , Nicky Marrero , Sam Figueroa
Baritone Sax- Ronnie Cuber
Trumpet- Daniel Cahn , John Gatchell
Vocals- Frank Floyd , Ken Williams , Ray Simpson , Zachary Sanders
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A1. Boogie To The Top  11:00
A2. Bread  5:33
B1. One With A Star  7:54
B2. Stick It In Your Face  5:23
B3. S-E-X  5:00
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Idris MUHAMMAD – Black Rhythm Revolution, Peace & Rhythm Music 1970-1971

Posted in Idris MUHAMMAD, JAZZ on December 3, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Idris MUHAMMAD – Black Rhythm Revolution, Peace & Rhythm Music 1970-1971
1992 Issue.

Jazz

An excellent drummer who has appeared in many types of settings, Idris Muhammad became a professional when he was 16. He played primarily soul and R&B during 1962-1964 and then spent 1965-1967 as a member of Lou Donaldson’s band. He was the house drummer at Prestige Records (1970-1972), appearing on many albums as a sideman. Of his later jazz associations, Muhammad played with Johnny Griffin (1978-1979), Pharoah Sanders in the 1980s, George Coleman, and the Paris Reunion Band (1986-1988). He has recorded everything from post-bop to dance music as a leader for such labels as Prestige, Kudu, Fantasy, Theresa, and Lipstick.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
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Two classics from the legendary Idris Muhammad! Black Rhythm Revolution is one of the first records ever as a leader from funky drummer Idris Muhammad — a set that was cut right at the same time Idris was burning up the kit on his classic jazz funk sessions with other Prestige label players! The groove here is tight, funky, and very much in the mode that Muhammad laid down for other bigger soloists — a solid, socking sound that was the early 70s inheritance of the “Popcorn” funk groove of the late 60s. Players here are all great — and include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Harold Mabern on electric piano, and Virgil Jones on trumpet — and tracks include great covers of “Express Yourself” and “Super Bad”, plus “Wander” and “Soulful Drums”. Peace & Rhythms is a wonderful departure from Muhammad — and proof that he could do a lot more than just provide heavy breaks for Lou Donaldson and Melvin Sparks! This set is surprisingly spiritual and righteous at points — with a groove that’s almost more like Strata East than some of Muhammad’s previous work as a sideman on Blue Note and Prestige. Side one features the extended “Peace and Rhythm Suite” — a beautiful cut that’s filled with searching, soaring energy — and side two includes two vocal cuts “Brother You Know You’re Doing Wrong” and “I’m a Believer”, both sung by Sakinah Muhammad — plus “Don’t Knock My Love”. Players are all great — and a nicely different lineup than the usual Prestige jazz funk gang.
From Dusty Groove.
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The album’s title has more to do with the politics of its day (1972) than with the music; there’s not much that’s revolutionary going on here. In fact, the first track, the nine-minute By the Red Sea, is a downright placid piece of soul samba, and the follow-up, a cover of James Brown’s Super Bad, reduces the original’s intensity into a coolly percolating groove. And frankly, for a session led by the drummer, this is not a particularly rhythm-heavy set. Even the cover of Jack McDuff’s Soulful Drums is curiously restrained, with some odd arrhythmic playing by Muhammad in counterpoint with Virgil Jones’ trumpet and Clarence Thomas’ soprano sax. Black Rhythm Revolution is not a bad album at all; in fact, most of the tracks are good to great, with the lengthy bookends By the Red Sea and Wander both featuring memorable grooves and tight, compact solos. It’s just considerably less intense than the title might lead one to believe. Parts of the second solo album by Prestige Records’ house drummer, Idris Muhammad, are an even poppier affair than Black Rhythm Revolution, with a mellow soul-jazz feel replacing the slight Latin tinge of the earlier album. Side one is downright crossover, with its two pieces of positive-thinking pop (the lyrics, by Muhammad, are sung by his wife, Sakinah Muhammad) separated by a loose but faithful take on Wilson Pickett’s Don’t Knock My Love. That’s just side one, though. Side two is something much weirder and far more interesting. The Peace and Rhythm Suite is a side-long suite consisting of two long, spacy compositions that predate the ambient house scene by nearly two decades yet sound entirely of a piece with that style. Long, droning, sustained chords on a variety of wind and reed instruments float above Muhammad’s percussion, which ebbs and flows in a free, almost arrhythmic way through most of the piece. Fans of the Orb or Brian Eno will find it an old hat, but for early-’70s jazz, this was downright revolutionary. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide.
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Idris Muhammad- (Drums, Auto Horn, Cabassa and Gong)
Virgil Jones- (Trumpet)
Clarence Thomas- (Tenor and Soprano Sax, Flute and Bells)
Harold Mabern- (Electric Piano) – 1-5
Kenny Barron- (Electric Piano) – 6-10
Melvin Sparks- (Guitar) – 1-5,8-10
Jimmy Lewis- (Bass Guitar) – 1-5,8-10
Ron Carter- (Bass) – 6-10
Buddy Caldwell- (Conga)
Willie Bivins- (Vibes) – 6,7
Angel Allende- (Percussion and Timbales) – 6,7
Alan Fontaine- (Guitar) – 8-10
Sakinah Muhammad- (Vocals) – 8-10
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Black Rhythm Revolution:
01. Express Yourself (Charles Wright) 5:28
02. Soulful Drums (Jack McDuff) 4:42
03. Super Bad (James Brown) 5:31
04. Wander (Idris Muhammad) 11:11
05. By the Red Sea (Idris Muhammad) 8:56
Peace & Rhythm:
06. Peace (Idris Muhammad) 11:57
07. Rhythm (Clarence Thomas) 6:00
08. Brother You Know You’re Doing Wrong (Sakinah Muhammad) 5:42
09. Don’t Knock My Love – Part 1 (Wilson PickettBrad Shapiro) 4:55
10. I’m A Believer (Sakinah Muhammad) 5:19
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