Muhal Richard Abrams was an American educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and pianist in the free jazz idiom.  In other words, he does it all!  While his background is more traditional, with influences from Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and many others, he concentrated on Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson for composition.  He started an Experimental Band in 1962 and became known for his far reaching harmonies and dissonance.  Muhal has been critically acclaimed for the breadth, depth and originality of his music.  He was a man with vision.