Kaoru Abe

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Kaoru Abe
Native name 阿部 薫
Born (1949-05-05)May 5, 1949
Origin Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died September 9, 1978(1978-09-09) (aged 29)
Genres Avant-garde, free jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Labels DIW
Associated acts New Directions

Kaoru Abe (阿部 薫 Abe Kaoru?) was an influential Japanese avant-garde alto saxophonist, who is often regarded as having the greatest abrasive saxophone sound.[1][2] Self-taught at a young age, Abe performed with notables such as Motoharu Yoshizawa, Takehisa Kosugi, Yosuke Yamashita, Derek Bailey, and Milford Graves,[3] although he generally performed solo. He was married to the author Izumi Suzuki, and a cousin to singer Kyu Sakamoto. He was depicted in the film Endless Waltz by Kōji Wakamatsu. He is not to be confused with the Japanese actor Kaoru Abe.


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p384468
  2. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encycolpedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 1. ISBN 0-141-00646-3. 
  3. ^ Sugiyama, Kazunori (2002). "Abe, Kaoru". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 3. ISBN 1561592846. 
  • Yuko Morita (ed.). Abe Kaoru march 1980. Tokyo: Bunyusha, 1994 (Japanese)
  • Soejima Teruto. Nihon furii jazu shi (日本フリージャズ史, The History of Japanese Free Jazz). Tokyo: Seidosha, 2002 (Japanese)

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