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Farewell: Idris Muhammad


Idris Muhammad
Idris Muhammad

I was in New Orleans in the ’60s, and my guitar player told me there was a good drummer in town: It was Idris. So I told him to come sit in, he played and that did it. I hired him right there. I liked him right from the start. What I liked about him was his steadiness in the groove-the groove was there, and the rhythm control was there. He worked with me off and on for about three or four years. He brought me some money [laughs]: We had two or three hit records with him-“Alligator Bogaloo,” “Midnight Creeper.” He did about 10 recordings with me, all of them good sellers.

It was at the right time because Blue Note was sold to Liberty Records, so it wasn’t Blue Note anymore. The A&R men were suggesting that we cover a lotta tunes, like “Who’s Making Love” and all that kinda stuff which normally we wouldn’t have played. When we recorded it we were laughing about it, but the damn records sold! And Idris was pushing that beat on there. We laughed right on into the bank. I still get a lotta requests for “Alligator Bogaloo” and “Midnight Creeper.”

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