Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Muhal Richard Abrams, Mccoy Tyner, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ran Blake, Randy Weston, Andrew Hill, Paul Bley, Wayne Horvitz, Joe Chambers, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Matthew Shipp, Michiel Braam, Martial Solal, Peter Apfelbaum, Misha Mengelberg, Irene Schweizer, Sławek Jaskułke, George Gruntz, Wolfgang Dauner, Simon Nabatov, Satoko Fujii. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: Muhal Richard Abrams (born September 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and jazz pianist in the Modern Creative and Free jazz mediums. Abrams compresses both contemporary and traditional ideas into lean, elegant pieces. Abrams attended DuSable High School in Chicago. By 1946, he decided to enroll in music classes at Roosevelt University. I didnt get too much out of that, because it wasnt what I was hearing in the street, he says. I decided to study on my own. I dont know why, but Ive always had a natural ability to study and analyze things. I used that ability, not even knowing what it was (it was just a feeling) and started to read books. From there, I acquired a small spinet piano and started to teach myself how to play the instrument and read the notes - or, first of all, what key the music was in. It took time and a lot of sweat. But I analyzed it and before long I was playing with the musicians on the scene. I listened to Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and many others and concentrated on Duke and Fletcher Henderson for composition. Later I got scores and studied more extensive things that take place in classical composition and started to practice classical pieces on the piano, as I do now.