Iris Muhammad’s Peace and Rhythm blends Eastern influences with opulent funk, resulting in a listening experience that is equal parts smooth, heady, and uplifting. Released months after the drummer’s debut, Black Rhythm Revolution!, the album’s centerpiece is “The Peace and Rhythm Suite”—a two-part, side-long ambient composition that was far ahead of its time. On the flip side, Muhammad partners with his wife, soul singer Sakinah Muhammad (who rose to fame with The Crystals under the name La La Brooks), for the pop-forward “Brother You Know You’re Doing Wrong” and “I’m a Believer,” while the drummer also leads a cover of Wilson Pickett’s “Don’t Knock My Love.” Joining the Muhammads is an uber-talented line up of sidemen, including bassist Ron Carter, keyboardist Kenny Barron, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and electric bassist Kenny Barron, among others.

Idris Muhammad – Peace and Rhythm

Release Date:
August 10, 2022

Side A


Side B

Brother You Know You’re Doing Wrong
Don’t Knock My Love
I’m A Believer


Art Direction – Tony Lane
Bass – Ron Carter (tracks: B1 to B3)
Bass [Fender] – Jimmy Lewis
Bells – Clarence Thomas (tracks: A1, A2)
Congas – Buddy Caldwell
Cowbell – Idris Muhammad (tracks: B1 to B3)
Drums – Idris Muhammad
Electric Piano – Kenny Barron (tracks: A1, A2)
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar – Alan Fontaine (tracks: B1 to B3), Melvin Sparks (tracks: B1 to B3)
Horn [Auto], Cabasa, Gong – Idris Muhammad (tracks: A1, A2)
Lacquer Cut By – KPG*
Mastered By – Kevin Gray
Percussion, Timbales – Angel Allende (tracks: A1, A2)
Photography By – Bert Goldblatt*
Supervised By – Bob Porter
Tenor Saxophone, Sopranino Saxophone, Flute, Arranged By – Clarence Thomas
Trumpet – Virgil Jones
Vibraphone – Willie Bivins* (tracks: A1, A2)
Vocals – Sakinah Muhammad (tracks: B1, B3)