Abe, Kaoru, jazz alto and soprano sax player, also various other reeds; b. Kawasaki, Japan, May 3, 1949; d. Japan, Sept. 9, 1978. Since his early death, Abe has attained cult status among fans of avant-garde music. Performing with established artists such as Masayuki Takayanagi, Yosuke Yamashita, Derek Bailey, and Milford Graves, he established himself as a unique and aggressive voice in improvised music. His solo performances (many of which were recorded for DIW) are legendary.
—E. Taylor Atkins