Friday, April 28, 2017

Rainbows in Your Kiss

Idris Muhammad : Could Heaven Ever Be Like This

In 1977 veteran jazz drummer and converted muslim Idris Muhammad released Turn This Mutha Out, a jazz/funk/disco album featuring both the funky title cut and the sublime disco hit "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This". It was tough choosing which one of those I should feature, but in recent years "Heaven" has been sampled by the likes of Drake, Jamie XX and Chrome Sparks.

Muhammad was born Leo Morris in New Orleans in 1939 and grew up with the Neville family. At the age of 16 he played drums on Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill". He also played on Art Neville's  Hawketts hit "Mardi Gras Mambo". In New York he was a session player with all kinds of jazz outfits and played on recordings for Sam Cooke and Roberta Flack. When he retired Muhammad returned to New Orleans where he spent the last few years of his life. He died in 2014.

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