Kaol Abe

Real Name:
阿部薫 (Abe Kaoru)
Japanese free improvising and wild living saxophonist. Born May 3, 1949 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. Died September 9, 1978 in Nakano, Tokyo.

Note: Do not confuse with drummer/percussionist Kaoru Abe.
For the jazz photographer and graphic designer, please use Katsuji Abe.
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Abe Kaoru - Studio Session 1976.3.12 (The Documentary Of Solo Improvisation) album art Kaol Abe* Studio Session 1976.3.12 (The Documentary Of Solo Improvisation) (Album) Vivid Sound Japan 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PSCD-1016 Abe Kaoru - 恋人よ我に帰れpt.II album art Kaol Abe* 恋人よ我に帰れpt.II(CD, Mini, Ltd, Promo) Wax Records (5) PSCD-1016 Japan 1997 Sell This Version


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February 16, 2016
One of the more under-rated, yet still respected freestyle improvisational artists you could come by. Abe has that sorta talent where he can take an instrument and turn it into one of the most beautiful solos a dying cow could only dream of reaching, holding his balancing act of sheer horror and beauty all the way up until his unfortunate death. "Winter 1972" should be part of any improv collection, though "Solo Live At Gaya Vol.1" would probably be a better starting point for newcomers and the uninitiated.

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