Idris Muhammad ‎– Power Of Soul

Kudu ‎– KU 17
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Power Of Soul 7:07
A2 Piece Of Mind 9:24
B1 The Saddest Thing 7:10
B2 Loran's Dance 10:39



Recorded March, 1974 at Van Gelder Studios.
Original first pressings with VAN GELDER stamp on matrix/runout.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): RVG 98777 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): RVG 98777 B3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): RVG 98777 A3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): RVG 98777 B3

Other Versions (5 of 20) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KICJ 2222 Idris Muhammad Power Of Soul(CD, RE, RM) Kudu KICJ 2222 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
EK 86149 Idris Muhammad Power Of Soul(CD, Album, RE, RM) Legacy, Epic, CTI Records EK 86149 US 2002 Sell This Version
KU 17 Idris Muhammad Power Of Soul(LP, Album) Kudu KU 17 UK 1974 Sell This Version
KU-17 Idris Muhammad Power Of Soul(LP, Album) Kudu KU-17 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
GX-01-911 Idris Muhammad Power Of Soul(LP, Album) Gamma (4) GX-01-911 Mexico 1974 Sell This Version


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September 7, 2015
Production on the first track (a Hendrix cover) is not to my taste: it sounds somewhat too slick and commercial. Muhammad's drum work holds it together, and things improve when the stock brass arrangement gets out of the way and lets the soloists in.

The real standouts are the last 3 tracks, which serve up an irresistible '70s jazz-funk sound with minimal cheese. The musicians are tight, and players Grover Washington Jr and Randy Brecker went on to become stars in their own right.

"Loran's Dance" is a highlight, sampled by DJ Shadow, the Beastie Boys, and many more.


June 25, 2015
what a great record!


July 26, 2014

Everything is right on this album. The way Idris plays the drums here set a standard for the Jazz-funk genre. Deep funky beats, velvety metals, super groovy Fender-Rhodes, it's all here. No wonder why it is very sampled and played by DJs. It's a must have.


July 8, 2013

Outstanding soul-fusion album featuring a cast of awesome LA session musicians. The best tracks are the last three. They really sound like the kind of music you hear in gritty 70s crime films. Great stuff.