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Abraham Burton

Abraham Burton - of Belizean descent, is a native of New York. His interest in music began its development at the High School of Music & Art, during which time he was awarded by Downbeat and McDonalds in their Combo Competitions. He later studied under the tutelage of the jazz great, Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, graduating with honors. Abraham's professional career as a musician was initiated with the legendary drummer Arthur Taylor. During his five years with "Taylor's Wailers" he recorded on "Mr. A.T." and "Live at the Village Vanguard" on Enja Records, touring throughout Europe and performing at notable New York clubs such as: The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, and Birdland. Since his time, Abraham has developed a reputation as a veritable professional performing and/or recording with the most prestigious of musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Milt Jackson, Roy Hargrove, Louis Hayes, James Carter, Kenny Barron, and Jimmy Smith to name just a few. He went on to form a band in '94 entitled "The Abraham Burton Quartet" which recorded "Closest to the Sun" and "The Magician" with Enja Records

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The Color Of US Suite

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2021
Track listing: Little Hopes; Red; White; Blue; Intro To Black; Black; Brown; Tan; Finding Beauty; Hurricane Sophia.

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Article: Album Review

Donald Edwards Quintet: The Color Of US Suite

Read "The Color Of US Suite" reviewed by Chris May


This is an album one really wants to love but ends up applauding more for its intention than its realisation. Drummer Donald Edwards has composed a suite which addresses the race hate which besmirches America and which, observed from the other side of the pond, seems to have become more bitter and entrenched with the passing ...

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A Conversation with Jackie McLean

Read "A Conversation with Jackie McLean" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 1998. All About Jazz: You grew up in the same neighborhood as Bud Powell. How did he impact your life? And, what was Bud Powell the man like? Jackie McLean: He certainly lived in the vicinity of my ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Lucian Ban, live dalla natia Transilvania

Read "Lucian Ban, live dalla natia Transilvania" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Musicista prolifico, come leader o sideman, il pianista di origini rumene Lucian Ban presenta per la Sunnyside due lavori, entrambi ricchi di suggestione e registrati in concerto nell'identico luogo--la Baroque Hall di Timisoara, in quella Transilvania di cui l'artista è originario--e tuttavia estremamente diversi tra loro. Abraham Burton, Lucian Ban Blacksalt

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mahakala Music, Baptiste Boiron Trio & Shapeshifters

Read "Mahakala Music, Baptiste Boiron Trio & Shapeshifters" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A look at some of the releases (including Dopolarians) from the independent record label, Mahakala, based in Hot Springs, AK is a central part of this episode. There are new releases by French saxophonist Baptiste Boiron, Swedish baritone saxophonist Alberto Pinton, the Abraham Burton-Lucian Ban duo, Toronto trio TuneTown, England's Shapeshifters, Kartet from France, and the ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Will Sellenraad

Read "Take Five With Will Sellenraad" reviewed by Will Sellenraad


Meet Will Sellenraad Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of creative musicians working in New York City. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, melodic compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, ...

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Article: Album Review

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

Read "Serenade for Horace" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead

Read "Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead" reviewed by Joan Gannij


Louis Hayes will turn 80 on May 31 (2017), but the party is still goin' hearty. He started celebrating this milestone back in February with an 18-day tour that began in Barcelona and concluded in jny: Amsterdam. It was mostly one-nighters with three nights in jny: Athens, two in jny: Paris and jny: London appearances at ...

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Article: New York @ Night

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

Read "Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration" reviewed by Peter Jurew


Mingus Big BandJazz StandardNew York, NY April 24, 2017 Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...


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