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Abe, Kaoru

19770916@Ayler, Sapporo

Abe, Kaoru : 19770916@Ayler, Sapporo (Doubtmusic)

Recently discovered, unissued solo improvisations from legendary Japanese free jazz alto saxophonist Karou Abe--four extended statements from the full concert recorded in 1970 at the Sapporo jazz cafe "Ayler"--an excellent example of the passionate performances he presented, using extended and unusual technique from assertive mastery to near-silent moments; incomparable.

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Includes a 12-page booklet with text in English and Japanese by saxophonist Takayuki Hashimoto and photos.

UPC: 4571222591714

Label: Doubtmusic
Catalog ID: dmh-171
Squidco Product Code: 29503

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Japan
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Ayler, in Sapporo, Japan, on September 16th, 1977.


Kaoru Abe-alto saxophone

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"Kaoru Abe (阿部 薫 Abe Kaoru) was an influential Japanese avant-garde alto saxophonist. Self-taught at a young age, Abe performed with notables such as Motoharu Yoshizawa, Takehisa Kosugi, Yosuke Yamashita, Derek Bailey, and Milford Graves, although he generally performed solo. He was married to the author Izumi Suzuki, and a cousin to singer Kyu Sakamoto. He was portrayed in Kōji Wakamatsu's film Endless Waltz by punk rock singer Kō Machida. He is not to be confused with the Japanese actor Kaoru Abe.

Abe dropped out of highschool in 1967, at 17 years of age, to focus on perfecting his playing, and in 1968, he did his first performance, at a jazz spot named Oreo. In 1970, he met Masayuki Takayanagi. in 1971, he met Izumi Suzuki, and in 1973, they married. In 1976, they had a daughter. However, in 1977, they divorced.

Abe was prolific, appearing almost every day to jazz spots and concerts. His library consists almost entirely of archival and live recordings, however he has recorded in a studio.

In his later years, Abe would begin playing different instruments. In 1976-1978 to be specific, were his years of most exploration. However there have been instances of him playing harmonica in 1970-1971. He also played bass clarinet all the way throughout his career.

Abe died from Bromisoval overdose in 1978, causing a acute gastric perforation."

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track listing:

1. Solo Improvisation 19770916-1 6:09

2. Solo Improvisation 19770916-2 12:10

3. Solo Improvisation 19770916-3 9:37

4. Solo Improvisation 19770916-4 4:24
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"doubtmusic discovers unissued Kaoru Abe solo improvisation ! This CD is complete solo improvisation about 30 minutes at jazz cafe, now is gone called "AYLER", Sapporo in late summer, 1977. We no longer talk about Abe's voice ranging by ready-made musical concept. Even his silence has persuasiveness. His voice has something ubiquity transcend new or old musical trend. We would like young music fans who have never been listened of Kaoru Abe to listen it. You will feel musical "something" you never notice."-Doubtmusic

Includes a 12-page booklet with text in English and Japanese by saxophonist Takayuki Hashimoto and photos.
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