Sunday, March 10, 2019

Idris Muhammad - 1971 - Peace And Rhythm

Idris Muhammad 
Peace And Rhythm

01. Peace 12:05
02. Rhythm 5:55
03. Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong 5:40
04. Don't Knock My Love 4:45
05. I'm A Believer 5:20

Bass – Ron Carter
Bass [Fender] – Jimmy Lewis (tracks: B1 to B3)
Bells – Clarence Thomas (tracks: A1, A2)
Congas – Buddy Caldwell
Drums – Idris Muhammad
Electric Piano – Kenny Barron (tracks: A1, A2)
Guitar – Alan Fontaine (tracks: B1 to B3), Melvin Sparks (tracks: B1 to B3)
Percussion, Timbales – Angel Allende (tracks: A1, A2)
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Arranged By – Clarence Thomas
Trumpet – Virgil Jones
Vibraphone – Willie Bivins (tracks: A1, A2)
Vocals – Sakinah Muhammad (tracks: B1, B3)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on September 13 (tracks 3-5) and September 20 (tracks 1 & 2), 1971

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... "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