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Kaoru Abe

To some listeners, this avant-garde Japanese player from the ’70s wins the sweepstakes for the most abrasive saxophone sound in history, an importantcompetition indeed in this genre. With some saxophonists claiming their tone can remove coats of varnish from antiques, cook a 20-pound goose in one hour,or even wound a small rodent at 200 feet, there is no denying the impact of Kaoru Abe (阿部薫) on alto sax; and on clarinet, he hardly harbored ambitions tobe the new Artie Shaw. Unfortunately, his premature death meant he never lived to see the heyday of Japanese avant-garde music, nor ...read more

To some listeners, this avant-garde Japanese player from the ’70s wins the sweepstakes for the most abrasive saxophone sound in history, an importantcompetition indeed in this genre. With some saxophonists claiming their tone can remove coats of varnish from antiques, cook a 20-pound goose in one hour,or even wound a small rodent at 200 feet, there is no denying the impact of Kaoru Abe (阿部薫) on alto sax; and on clarinet, he hardly harbored ambitions tobe the new Artie Shaw. Unfortunately, his premature death meant he never lived to see the heyday of Japanese avant-garde music, nor enjoy the prestige histype of abilities on saxophone might have garnered him as the interest in free jazz increased in the ’90s. He also never held at least half of his releases in hishands, since some of the best material from this player was only released in the years after his death. « hide

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LPs
Winter 1972
2004

3.3
3 Votes
Last Date 8. 28, 1978
1999

4
2 Votes
1970.3.15-1
1995

3
1 Votes
Solo 1972, 1.21
1972

3.9
7 Votes
Mokuyobi no Yoru
1972

3.9
8 Votes
EPs
The Last Recording
2003

Live Albums
Mort à crédit
1976

4.3
3 Votes

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