Alton Abraham

Alton Abraham

Profile:
Alton Abraham was born in Chicago on May 5, 1927. He served in the U.S Military in Okinawa from 1945-1947, and upon returning to Chicago in 1947 graduated from Du Sable High School, followed by Wilson Junior College in 1950. In 1952 he was certified as an x-ray technician at Provident Hospital. Blount and Abraham became acquainted in 1951, sharing interests in mysticism, the occult, science, numerology, and ancient history.

Along with Abraham's brother Artis, the men founded El Saturn Research in 1957, which would record and distribute albums by the Arkestra as well as the vocal and R&B groups rehearsed by Sun Ra during the late 1950s.

Additionally, Ra and Abraham organized Thmei Research, an organization dedicated to "subjects cosmic, spiritual, philosophical, religious, historical, scientific, economical, etc." Thmei also provided financing for El Saturn’s earliest releases and issued a newsletter and book catalog. The earliest El Saturn recordings are singles dating from 1955 and 1956, including the Cosmic Rays "Dreaming" b/w "Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie." Some of the Arkestra’s earliest studio recordings were released as Jazz By Sun Ra (1956) on Transition Records, and Super Sonic Jazz (1957) on Saturn Records.

Following Sun Ra's death in Birmingham 1993, Abraham became involved with the reissue and rerelease of out-of-print Sun Ra recordings. In addition to his activities with Sun Ra, Abraham was employed as an x-ray technician, and independently pursued his interests in spirituality, history, science, and technology. Alton Abraham died June 6, 1999 in Chicago.

Source: http://ead.lib.uchicago.edu/rs3.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.ABRAHAMA
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Alton Abraham Discography

Writing & Arrangement

none The Qualities It's Christmas Time (as Abraham) and 1 more… The Qualities - It's Christmas Time / Happy New Year To You!(7", Single) El Saturn Records none US 1956 Sell This Version
CR-101 Lord Alan & Sir Richard Lord Alan & Sir Richard - Little Things / Run In The Dark(7", Single) Cannon Record (10) CR-101 US 1966 Sell This Version
egon 08 Yo La Tengo It's Christmas Time Yo La Tengo - Merry Christmas From Yo La Tengo(CD, EP) Egon Records egon 08 US 2002 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Arkestra* It's Christmas Time (as A. Abraham) Sun Ra And His Arkestra* - Interplanetary Melodies (Comp) Norton Records (2) US 2009 Sell This Version
SANDS005 It Hugs Back It's Christmas Time It Hugs Back - Happy Christmas 2011(CDr, EP, Ltd) Safe & Sound Records SANDS005 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Sun Ra* Hot Skillet Momma (as Abraham) and 3 more… Sun Ra* - Singles (The Definitive 45's Collection 1952–1991) (Album, Comp, Single) Strut, Art Yard UK 2016 Sell This Version

Production

Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra* - When Angels Speak Of Love (Album) El Saturn Records US 1966 Sell This Version
The Sun Ra Arkestra The Sun Ra Arkestra - Angels And Demons At Play (Album) El Saturn Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* - Atlantis (Album) Saturn Research US 1969 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* - Holiday For Soul Dance (Album) Saturn Research US 1970 Sell This Version
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra* Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra* - Fate In A Pleasant Mood (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Sun Ra Sun Ra - Monorails And Satellites (Album) Saturn Research US 1973 Sell This Version
Sun Ra* Sun Ra* - Astro Black (Album) Impulse! France 1973 Sell This Version
Sun Ra* Sun Ra* - Space Is The Place (Album) Blue Thumb Records France 1973 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra* - Discipline 27-II (Album) El Saturn Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Sun Ra* Sun Ra* - The Magic City (Album) Impulse!, ABC Records, Saturn Research US 1973 Sell This Version
The Sun Ra Arkestra The Sun Ra Arkestra - Temple U (Sub Undergound) (Cosmo Earth Fantasy) (Album) El Saturn Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Sun Ra* Sun Ra* - The Nubians Of Plutonia (Album) Impulse! US 1974 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* - Pathways To Unknown Worlds ABC Records, Impulse! US 1975 Sell This Version
The Sun Ra Arkestra The Sun Ra Arkestra - What's New? (Sub Undergound Series) El Saturn Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Arkestra* - Bad & Beautiful (Album) ABC Records, Impulse! US 1975 Sell This Version
Sun Ra & His Arkestra* Sun Ra & His Arkestra* - Jazz In Silhouette (Album) ABC Records, Impulse! US 1975 Sell This Version
Pat Patrick & The Baritone Saxophone Retinue* Pat Patrick & The Baritone Saxophone Retinue* - Sound Advice (Album) El Saturn Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Arkestra* - Super-Sonic Jazz (Album) Evidence (5) US 1991 Sell This Version
Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra* - Sound Sun Pleasure!! (Album) Evidence (5) US 1991 Sell This Version