Monday, September 5, 2011
Kaoru Abe - 阿部薫 / Winter 1972
Unparalleled Japanese saxophonist Kaoru Abe delivers a massive tome of furious loneliness and unbridled energy. His confident, virtuosic performance is a thing of great rarity. What is most impressive in Abe's performance is that there is absolutely no separation between player and instrument. The sound flows organically from a union of player and instrument as one. The production conjures an atmosphere of utter isolation - it as at once empty and full like screaming into a void. To heighten the insular feeling, the record was originally issued in a plain white sleeve with scant information and no mention of the artist's name. Bottom line this is essentially listening, there are few musicians who are capable of creating such an engaging and unique album of solo performance.