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.