Thursday, February 6, 2014

KAORU ABE – Solo Live At Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, 1977-78 - Vol.1 and Vol.3 (1990)




Label: DIW Records – DIW-371
KAORU ABE – Solo Live At Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, 1977-78 - vol.1
Format: CD, Album; Country: Japan - Released: 1990 
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, track 1 on September 30, 1977 
(2nd set), track 2 on October 29, 1977 (2nd set), and track 3, 4 on December 17, 1977 (4th set and 5th set, respecitvely)
Coordinator [Production Coordinated By] – Random Sketch
Design [Cover Design] – DIW Design Room
Painting [Cover Painting] – Hiroshi Ishihara
Producer, Illustration [Back Cover] – Emiko Gaya
Recorded By [Live] – Shinji Ohno

Kaoru Abe it was a very important free jazz player in the 70 ’ s, whose life was suffused in a haze of drugs, alcohol, depression and tragedy, culminating in his untimely death before his 30 th birthday. A perplexing individual, experimenting with wild improvisations and unfamiliar instruments, it is his saxophone playing for which he remains most acclaimed, possessing a tone harsher than Ayler and a technique on par with Coltrane. Yet to listen to Abe is an experience quite unlike anything else I ’ ve ever heard before. For one thing: culture. Abe ’ s music, while being technically “ jazz, ” is also strongly influenced by the music of his native Japan. On this set of solo performances for the alto sax, silence is often key, with gaps of almost a minute between bursts of dissonant horn honks. This unmelodious, almost percussion-like attack and treatment of his instrument is indicative of Japanese folk and classical music. There is no sense of time or rhythm or harmony or melody, just mere sketchings, vast empty spaces, unformed ideas sitting between the outbursts of what Abe wants to express at that time. The silence is often penetrating, tense and as alarmingly blunt as the moments when his horn screeches through the space like the cry of a murder victim, felled by the criminal ’ s dagger, echoing across the vast and bleak moors. After each blast, one can faintly detect the echo of what Abe has just played, somewhere far off in the distance, like a ghostly duet, an otherworldly, non-verbal communication between the living and the dead, the past and the present, of this world and the next. The communication between Abe and what ’ s he ’ s just played is important, taking cues, jumping onto new ideas, complimenting that sound, his mind constantly looking forward and back simultaneously. Often he ’ ll play a sustained note, wait for the echo and then play it again, creating the illusion of foresight, switching around the roles as if he is following the lead of the echo rather than the other way around. This deeply intelligent and spiritual sort of playing, this restraint and disciple gives this music a quality that escapes explanation.





Label: DIW Records – DIW-373
KAORU ABE – Solo Live At Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, 1977-78 - vol.3
Format: CD, Album; Country: Japan - Released: 1990
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, on 10 March 1978.
Coordinator [Production Coordinated By] – Random Sketch
Design [Cover Design] – DIW Design Room
Painting [Cover Painting] – Hiroshi Ishihara
Producer, Illustration [Back Cover] – Emiko Gaya
Recorded By [Live], Liner Notes – Shinji Ohno

Solo Live At Gaya is like a sketchpad, presenting ideas in fragments, some more developed than others, but all going somewhere. And each of these ideas is deeply powerful, often disturbing and frequently harsh. This is not music for the faint hearted. Such naked aggression on a solo scale required your utmost attentiveness and demands more than just a lend of your ears. Merely listening to this will drive anyone mad: it ’ s about much more than that. Although I can ’ t know for certain, Abe ’ s sax playing seems to represent his inner turmoil, his depression and addictions and pains, and his channeling of these emotions into his playing. We hear each triumph and tragedy in his life, the anger and the struggle and so much more. It is, in fact, the perfect analogy. Although Abe ’ s playing implies a certain level of personal expression and tragedy, it nevertheless remains speculative, and only provides us with a brief picture of the artist at his most tortured and passionate. The inner workings of his mind and personal details remain a mystery: the fragments of music are clues towards revealing his inner self, yet some clues are missing. There is much to learn from his playing, but not everything. Abe puts up a wall, a shield, never revealing more than is necessary. Unlike the likes of Beethoven, whose entire inner being is projected through his Ninth Symphony, for example, Kaoru Abe ’ s music has the effect of reflecting his own personal abstruseness. We are offered a brief glimpse into some significant periods of his life and then shooed away. What he chooses to reveal in his music is as important as what he chooses to omit. Perhaps his method of projecting his emotional turmoil was a sort of coping mechanism… who knows. Due to his untimely death I think it ’ s safe to say much of his life will remain a mystery. Nevertheless, the glimpses into his life that we are offered on this disc are fascinating in their tragedy. Solo Live At Gaya represents one small step towards unlocking the enigma of Kaoru Abe.    (Words – Adam)

To be continued.



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8 comments:

  1. KAORU ABE – Solo Live At Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, 1977-78 - vol.1 (1990)
    MP3@320+Artwork

    Zippyshare:
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    KAORU ABE – Solo Live At Gaya, Hatsudai, Tokyo, 1977-78 - vol.3 (1990)
    MP3@320+Artwork

    Zippyshare:
    http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/66361367/file.html

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  2. Thanks for the great music!
    It looks like Vol 1 doesn't excist on Zippyshare. Vol 3 is no problem.
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. You're right, something happened. Be a little patient, I will make a new link in the afternoon.
      Regards

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  3. Well, here is a new link for Solo Live At Gaya - Vol 1

    Zippyshare:
    http://www41.zippyshare.com/v/41598017/file.html

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  4. Had a chance to listen to these the other day and I must say they were fantastic. Very striking, powerful playing by this man. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Super excelente saxo alto,gracias.

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