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Last Exit

Last Exit was an avant-garde jazz supergroup composed of electric guitarist Sonny Sharrock, drummer/occasional vocalist Ronald Shannon Jackson, saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and bass guitarist Bill Laswell. They were active from 1986 to about 1996, releasing primarily live albums recorded in Europe. Sharrock’s death in 1994 caused the dissolution of the band, though touring had not occurred for several years before his passing.

The band was known for its uncompromising musical ferocity, fueled by the band members’ confrontational attitudes. Greg Kot writes that they brought ...read more

Last Exit was an avant-garde jazz supergroup composed of electric guitarist Sonny Sharrock, drummer/occasional vocalist Ronald Shannon Jackson, saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and bass guitarist Bill Laswell. They were active from 1986 to about 1996, releasing primarily live albums recorded in Europe. Sharrock’s death in 1994 caused the dissolution of the band, though touring had not occurred for several years before his passing.

The band was known for its uncompromising musical ferocity, fueled by the band members’ confrontational attitudes. Greg Kot writes that they brought a level of “volume and violence that makes most rock bands sound tame.” Their music was largely improvised; John Dugan writes “Granted, one person’s free improvisation is another’s tuneless chaos, but Last Exit, due primarily to the skill of its individuals, only infrequently fell off the precipice into the netherworld of arty wanking … The playing is intricate, wildly adventurous, frequently funny, and, perhaps most important, a tribute to musical democracy in action..

Far louder than most jazz bands (even than most free jazz groups) Last Exit found a modest following among some more open-minded hardcore/punk fans. The band released five live albums, one of which, 1986’s The Noise Of Trouble, contains guest appearances from Herbie Hancock and Akira Sakata. Most of their albums were released on Enemy Records, but the band’s sole studio effort, Iron Path, was released in 1988 on Venture, a subsidiary of Virgin Records. « hide

Similar Bands: Peter Brotzmann, Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock, Ronald Shannon Jackson

LPs
Koln
1990

4
1 Votes
Iron Path
1988

3.5
1 Votes
Last Exit
1986

3.9
4 Votes
Live Albums
Headfirst Into the Flames: Live in Europe
1993

The Noise of Trouble: Live in Tokyo
1987

4
1 Votes
Compilations
Best of Live
1990

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