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Kaoru Abe

Kaoru Abe was a Japanese jazz pianist, guitarist and saxophonist. Kaoru Abe was a free jazz saxophonist, who was nearly unknown outside of Japan, and who generally played solo. During the 1970s, he recorded a string of albums for the Japanese record labels DIW (Live at Gaya, Vol. 1 - 10) and PFSD (Duo, 1971, Solo 1972 and Last Date 1978). Shortly before his death the quartet album 'Alda's Call' was recorded together with Toshinoro Kondo, Derek Bailey and Motoharu Yoshizawa. He died of a drug overdose; his death was quickly romanticized in the Japanese jazz underground. He was married to the authoress Izumi Suzuki and starred in the movie 'Endless Waltz' of director Koji Wakamatsu

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Tangostinato: Via Della Gioia

Read "Via Della Gioia" reviewed by Jim Olin

Tangostinato is a music project with a one-of-a-kind approach to their sound and feel. Their most recent release, Via Della Gioia, stands out as a really stunning example of their workflow and creative vision. The opening track, “Oblivion," has a moody, atmospheric sound, creating a consistent build-up of beautiful textures as the different instruments' sounds keep ...

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Otomo / Yamazaki / Parker: 14.11.16

Read "14.11.16" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Cafe Oto is one of the most important venues for free improvisation and avant-garde jazz in Europe, with an intelligent programming that often focuses on ad-hoc pairings and special projects. The London venue also has a record label, Otoroku, with a small but already impressive catalogue on LP and CD that expanded considerably after the launch ...

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Harutaka Mochizuki: Through The Glass

Read "Through The Glass" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Harutaka Mochizuki is a multi-instrumentalist who dedicates a significant part of his output to solo saxophone performances, following a long tradition of Japanese experimental improvisers that, from Kaoru Abe onward, has investigated this particular musical environment with uncompromising rigour. In Through The Glass, Mochizuki confronts this tradition with a very personal voice, distancing himself ...

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Jazz in a Changing World

Read "Jazz in a Changing World" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Jazz has influenced many other genres of music and, likewise, many other genres have influenced jazz from its very beginning. What is really exciting about the scene at the moment is just how much enrichment it is getting from the rest of the world. It works both ways, of course; jazz musicians from countries which have, ...


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