Personalities | Muhal Richard Abrams | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, b. 1930)

Muhal Richard Abrams was one of the principal architects of free jazz in Chicago. After playing with Eddie Harris and the MJT+3, Abrams founded his Experimental Band in 1961 to explore original composition and new directions. In 1965 he founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which emphasizes creativity, professionalism and social responsibility. Abrams is a gifted composer and bandleader, having recorded many excellent albums with some of Chicago’s – and later New York’s – finest musicians.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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