ABRAHAM BURTON

Saxophonist. Selmer Artist. Educator. Composer. 

For three decades, world-renowned saxophonist and educator Abraham Burton has been a prominent figure on the jazz scene. Showcased as a soloist on two Grammy award-winning albums, Abraham also has been a featured musician on more than one hundred recordings . . .

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"Burton grew up a first generation American of Belizean descent in the exciting world of New York City. By his late teens, the saxophonist was already apprenticing with the legendary drummer Arthur Taylor and fortifying his foundation playing alongside jazz luminaries like Jackie McLean, Walter Bishop and Roy Haynes."
"Burton holds long notes in a strong but wavery yowl or shoots out notes in string-like bursts, conveying a wounded tenderness in spite of all that volume and power."
“Mr. Burton’s tone and harmonic language called to mind the latter-day John Coltrane, especially (and perhaps inevitably) the album “Interstellar Space,” made with the drummer Rashied Ali. The general vibe was imploring and suggestively spiritual: “3rd Eye Punta,” one of two pieces by Mr. Burton, whirled around a meditative core.”