Kaoru Abe – Improvisation, Vol.1 (1972)

Improvisation, Vol.1 is from the album Winter 1972, by Kaoru Abe, released in 1974 on Sound Works Records.

Kaoru Abe (阿部 薫 Abe Kaoru, May 5, 1949 – September 9, 1978) was an influential Japanese avant-garde alto saxophonist, who is often regarded as having the greatest abrasive saxophone sound. 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 also appeared in the film Endless Waltz by Kōji Wakamatsu.. [source]

To some listeners, this avant-garde Japanese player from the ’70s wins the sweepstakes for the most abrasive saxophone sound in history, an important competition 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 on alto sax; and on clarinet, he hardly harbored ambitions to be the new Artie Shaw. source

Kaoru Abe (阿部 薫)  – Alto Saxophone

 

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