Japanese free/jazz sax legend, Kaoru Abe, dies at
the age of only 29 in 1978, living a fast and crazy life and dieing of a
drug overdose. His entire music career was only 10 years, from 1968 to
1978. In that short period, he was well recorded with around 30
releases, ten of which are solo sax efforts, duos with guitarist
Masayuki Takayanagi, bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa and drummer Sabu
Toyozumi. Mr. Abe also toured and recorded with Milford Graves, Derek
Bailey and Toshinori Konda in 1977 & 1978. Sadly, nothing by Kaoru
Abe has been in print for many years until now… Many of his rare CD’s
& LP’s go for big bucks on the resale market.
This disc was recorded at two concerts in Tokyo in January and July
of 1978, the year that Mr. Abe passed away. Those in the know, free/jazz
freaks worldwide, should know of drummer Sabu Toyozumi from his work
with Peter Brotzmann, Derek Bailey, Misha Mengelberg and Haino Keiji.
‘Part 1’ kicks things off with an immense blast with Mr. Abe on alto sax
and Mr. Toyozumi on drums. Abe sounds a bit like Albert Ayler, although
he plays alto & soprano saxes, bending and twisting every note in
his own unique way. This duo recorded a few disc together and they sound
just right working together, shadowing each other, tightly connecting
no matter where they soar. If you savor what is essentially the
beginning of fee/jazz in Japan, then you should really hear this disc.
It is some 73 minutes long and it all flows together in powerful waves.
So good to finally a disc back in distribution that captures the amazing
talent & passion filled music of Kaoru Abe and Sabu Toyozumi. -
Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
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