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Japanese Jazz Week: Kaoru Abe Special – 9th May 2021

NTS Radio June 21, 2021 23


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This episode focuses on a true maverick of late 70’s Japanese Jazz, the free improvisation player Kaoru Abe. Abe was a ferocious player, who dropped out of school at 17 and would appear almost every day at jazz spots. His discography consists almost entirely of archival and live recordings.

Listen to an hour long journey through the work of one of the most enigmatic figures of Japanese Jazz.

今回の「日本のジャズ」は70年代後半を代表する和ジャズ界の異端児・フリージャズプレイヤーの阿部薫に注目します。阿部氏の演奏スタイルはフリーを基盤とした激情型。その人生は波乱に満ちていました。17歳で高校を中退すると、ほぼ毎日のようにジャズクラブに入り浸り、数々の名作を残すと、29歳の若さでこの世を去ったのです。今回は彼の作品を通して、日本のジャズの最もエネルギッシュな時代を振り返っていきましょう。Translated by Satoko Akune.

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