New Orleans jazz/funk/R&B drummer Idris Muhammad (formerly Leo Morris) passed away July 29 at age 74. Cause of death has not been reported.
Blessed with a fluid, nimbly funky style, Muhammad played on several tracks that were sampled by dozens of hiphop and electronic artists, from Nas, Tupac, Beastie Boys, and Eminem, to Moodymann, Roni Size, and Fatboy Slim. Besides releasing key jazz and fusion LPs like Peace and Rhythm, Power of Soul, and Turn This Mutha Out, Muhammad served as a sideman on records by Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, Gabor Szabo, Grant Green, and Charles Earland, among many others.
The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com has an obit here.