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CD Box 1970-1973
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abe kaoru - CD Box 1970-1973

abe kaoru

CD Box 1970-1973

€ 129.90

LABEL: YOUTH INC.
GENRE: Noise | FORMAT: 7xCD box | CATALOG N. YOUTH-142 | YEAR. (2013)

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Massive 7xCD box set compiling rare material by the great alto screamer Kaoru Abe is the lost wild legend of '70s Japanese free jazz. In the short space of his tempestuous life, he burnt a path which has served as a map for a whole generation of Japanese artists to follow who would call themselves 'free' in any sense of the word whatsoever. Though he performed live frequently in his day, his releases were sporadic, many of them emerging after his untimely death in 1978, and on a string of Japanese labels not exactly renowned for their overseas distribution.
Abe was born in 1949 in Kawasaki. He left school aged 17, and moved to Shinjuku, a city which then, as now, seems to have been something of a centre for the counter culture and a welcome environment for the kind of music he would go on to play. He taught himself to play alto sax, and learned the apposite theory of his own accord. He made his debut aged 19, but ws not really to impact on the scene for a few years yet. His playing was heavily grounded in the hours he spent practising alone; most of his recordings and performances were solo (it has been speculated that this was because of his tendency to literally play over the top of potential collaborators), and show him to be, in a way, a quite 'selfish' player. The normal pattern for Japanese jazz musicians was to study with their elders, practise regularly with fellow musicians, and eventually make their professional debut. From the very beginning, Abe flouted the rules. He took to practising for hours at a time on the hard-shoulder of the Tokyo-Yokohama Expressway near his home, much to the consternation of passing motorists. (One story has it that when Abe held a solo session of the banks of a nearby river one freezing cold mid-winter's day, an old boatman took mistook him for an escaped mental patient and called the police!)

 

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Notes   Tracklisting

Released in January 2012

 

 

Disc 1: Kaoru Abe Trio

  1. 1970.3.15-1 (18:06)
  2. 1970.3.15-2 (25:15)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone, shakuhachi
Keiichi Senda: bass
Kazunori Nitta: drums

*Although the personnel above are listed on the disc, it seems that the musicians playing the music are actually Abe, a pianist, and a drummer.

Recorded live by Jin Ishitani at Shinjuku Pit Inn New Jazz Hall, March 15, 1970

Disc 2: Kaoru Abe/Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo

  1. 1971.1.24. Duo 1 (33:34)
  2. 1971.1.24. Duo 2 (20:34)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone
Hiroshi Yamazaki: drums

Recorded live at Jazz Bed, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, January 24, 1971

Disc 3: Kaoru Abe Solo

  1. 1972.1.21 Alto 1 (8:31)
  2. 1972.1.21 Alto 2 (12:51)
  3. 1972.1.21 Bcl 1 (18:28)
  4. 1972.1.21 Alto 3 (10:52)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone (1, 2, 4), bass clarinet (3)

Recorded live by Jin Ishitani at Pit Inn Tea Room, Tokyo, January 21, 1972

Disc 4: Kaoru Abe Solo

  1. 1972.4.11 Alto 1 (14:32)
  2. 1972.4.11 Alto 2 (16:36)
  3. 1972.4.11 Alto 3 (20:32)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone

Recorded live by Jin Ishitani at Pulcinella, Shibuya, Tokyo, April 11, 1972

Disc 5: Kaoru Abe Solo

  1. 1972.7.13 Alto 1 (11:21)
  2. 1972.7.13 Alto 2 (17:16)
  3. 1972.7.13 Alto 3 (21:49)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone

Recorded live at Pulcinella, Shibuya, Tokyo, July 13, 1972

Disc 6: Kaoru Abe Winter 1972

  1. (24:17)
  2. (4:27)
  3. (17:54)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone

Recorded live in 1972

Disc 7: Kaoru Abe Solo 1973

  1. (21:37)

Kaoru Abe: alto saxophone

Recorded live in 1973