Kaoru Abe

It’s a point of pride among a certain breed of saxophonists, being the loudest, the most aggressive. From Albert Ayler to Peter Broetzmann to Borbetomagus, musicians have gone to extremes. But an argument can be made that the most abrasive of them all was Japan’s Kaoru Abe (1949-1978). The saxophone has always held a particular and peculiar place in modern music. Unlike its counterparts in the woodwind family, it doesn’t often get a chair in the modern symphony orchestra. Adolphe Sax developed it in 1841, and he wanted it to be (1) versatile and (2) very loud, so for the longest time it was used... Read More

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