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Abe, Kaoru

Abe, Kaoru, alto and soprano sax, various reeds, b. Kawasaki, 3 May 1949 d. 9 September 1978. Since his early death, Abe has attained somewhat of a cult status among fans of avant-garde music. Performing with established artists such as Masayuki Takayanagi, Yosuke Yamashita, Derek Bailey, and Milford Graves, he established himself as a unique and aggressive voice in improvised music. Many of his solo performances were recorded for DIW.

Bibliography:
Leaving the Jazz Cafe: A Personal View of Japanese Improvised Music in the 1970s by Otomo Yoshihide

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