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Muhal Richard Abrams

Pedal steel player Susan Alcorn, whose album with her quintet, Pedernal, was the pick for the best album of the year by Francis Davis, who runs the annual NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. David Lobato/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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This year, we bade farewell to avant-garde pioneer Muhal Richard Abrams. Michael Hoefner/Wikipedia hide caption

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The late pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, performing at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York in 2004. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

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Muhal Richard Abrams, A Sweepingly Influential Jazz Artist, Has Died At Age 87

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