Muhal Richard Abrams (born September 19, 1930, Chicago[1]) is a composer, arranger, and jazz pianist.

A founding member and the first president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Muhal Richard Abrams is a widely influential artist, having played sides for many musicians early in his career, releasing important recordings as a leader, and writing classical works such as his second string quartet which was performed by the Kronos Quartet.

He has recorded extensively under his own name (frequently on the Black Saint label) and as a sideman on others' records. Notably regarding the latter he has recorded with Anthony Braxton Duets 1976 on Arista Records, Marion Brown and Chico Freeman.