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Kaoru Abe (阿部 薫 Abe Kaoru?, May 5, 1949 - September 9, 1978) was an influential Japanese alto saxophonist, who is often regarded as having the most 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… read more

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  • so sad
  • after 4 years of not remembering his name, I've finally found him again :)
  • genius
  • holy fucking god
  • i never really liked the harmonica, until i heard him playing. damn, dude puts his entire existence in his playing.
  • "Aida's Call" with Bailey, Motoharu Yoshizawa and Toshinori Kondois is a brilliant collaborative effort, if you're in the mood for more.
  • damn
  • absolute animal.
  • beautiful stuff.
  • Supremely excellent.

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