Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
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.