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LAST EXIT is a powerhouse avant-garde rock band composed of an all-star lineup of free jazz musicians who had strong connections to NYC's 1980's 'punk jazz' scene. Formed in 1986, LAST EXIT quit performing in the early 1990s and formally disbanded when guitarist Sonny SHARROCK passed away in 1994. Although the pedigree of each member, except bassist Bill LASWELL, veered towards the world of jazz, LAST EXIT was a heavy rock band that played with extreme loud volume and borrowed more influence from noisy post-punk bands like SWANS and SONIC YOUTH than any previous jazz artists. On the other hand, the members of LAST EXIT could elevate their music beyond the sludge of typical noise rock through their highly developed improvisational skills honed from working with all the avant jazz greats in NYC and Europe.

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Koln (1986)Koln (1986)
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Enemy 1994
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Last Exit
1986
4.77 | 4 ratings
Iron Path
1988
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Köln
1990

LAST EXIT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
The Noise Of Trouble (Live In Tokyo)
1987
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Cassette Recordings '87 (aka (From The Board))
1987
3.00 | 1 ratings
Headfirst Into The Flames - Live In Europe
1993

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Best of Live
1990

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 Headfirst Into The Flames - Live In Europe by LAST EXIT album cover Live, 1993
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Headfirst Into The Flames - Live In Europe
Last Exit RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Last album from avant-prog supergroup. Noisy, sharp and scratchy. All four musicians were high respectable artists of free/avant jazz scene before they founded the band, but there they play a bit different music.

In fact, Last Exit is missing link between Power Tools, excellent progressive jazz rock band (Bill Frisell and Ronald Shannon Jackson both were members) and John Zorn's avant hardcore Naked City (with Frisell on board).

Music there is free form compositions (borrowed from free jazz) played by techniques and methods of punk and heavy metal. Kind of " free punk metal" if you want. All musicians are great, but I especially like Peter Brotzmann sax attacks, not very usual instrument and sound in such kind of music!

I really like innovative sound,that noisy mix of free jazz, punk and metall, but I still think this release is more interesting than excellent. Many sounds and ideas will be used later in different projects and contests, so historically this work is really important.

But in musical sense I more see them as experimental project, than musical masterpiece.

And please note - music there is very load, dissonance,noisy and no way pleasant for listening.

 Iron Path by LAST EXIT album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.77 | 4 ratings

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Iron Path
Last Exit RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by jude111

5 stars How can I possibly be the first person to review this altogether amazing album that should appeal to **SO MANY** on this site?!?!

You thought CARAVANSERAI was brilliant? (Of course, Side 1 is!) You thought Ponty and DiMeola's most fusion albums are must-listens? (A bit over-rated for me, although there are great moments here and there.) You thought that the best it could ever get was Mahavishnu Orchestra's first two great albums? Did you ever wonder what would happen if you mixed up genres like heavy metal, free jazz and jazz fusion?

Listen, the word is: Jazz and fusion (and especially) free jazz aficionados will go on about guitarist Sonny Sharrock's two masterpieces, GUITAR and ASK THE AGES. GUITAR is a great solo album (meaning, guitar only), with plenty of distortion and feedback while retaining beautiful melodies. And ASK THE AGES, Sharrock's other masterpiece, while sound pretty radical at first due to his overdrive, is in truth an amazing albeit "traditional" jazz album. Others will go on about saxman Peter Brotzmann's amazing early free jazz albums, and Ronald Shannon Jackson's amazing drumming with Ornette Coleman. They do among their best work on this album.

When Last Exit is discussed, what are raved about are the live albums (which comprise the entirety of the band's catalogue, with the exception of this album, IRON PATH). Conventional wisdom said that the studio album IRON PATH doesn't live up to the fire of the live albums. (The live albums are SO DIFFERENT that I only recommend them to those who want to explore this band's output further. To most of us here, the live albums will all sound the same, and the music jams with such intensity that one track blurs into another, with little to distinguish them.) Critics complained that IRON PATH was too quiet, too "composed," too restrained to be a pure free jazz free-for-all in the vein of MACHINE GUN and Last Exit's live albums. Track 2, the tile track, sounds more like Brian Eno than NIPPLES! Critically dismissed out of hand, very few it seems have actually heard IRON PATH. In fact, it's those quiet lulls and creepy tensions that make the album such a pleasure to listen to. And for those of us who can't get enough of Sonic Youth's best work, My Bloody Valentine's LOVELESS or Husker Du's ZEN ARCADE, we know that there can be an awesome beauty in noise.

IRON PATH is absolutely due to be critically re-appraised. It's simply one of the very absolute greatest free jazz electric fusion albums ever made, one of the great long-neglected rock albums of the 1980s, it hasn't dated at all (unlike so much from that period), and deserves to go to the very top of the list (of course, behind Miles' genre-busting fusion masterpieces). I can't remember how or why, but I bought this album when it first came out, and I've never been without a copy since!

Every song is memorable, and yet every song seems to lead into the next one. It really is one long and brilliant song. I don't want to give the impression that it's all about Sharrock. It's not. In fact, it's Brotzmann who impresses most upon first listen, as well as Shannon's relentlessly shuffling, arhythmic work (recorded to great effect here), and Laswell's distinctive and hard-hitting bass beats (long under-appreciated)... You often have to listen closely to find Sharrock. It's not an album or a band about solos, but about interplay, tension and bursts of noise and energy.

PLEASE, will some of the editors of this site seek out this album and review it? Progsters NEED to discover this masterpiece. In truth, I'm very excited to contribute what I am sure is a long-neglected and lost masterpiece which others will discover and appreciate. Don't expect it to sound like DiMeola or McLaughlin or Ponty or Hancock or Coryell. Expect something original. Get rid of any preconceived notions of what fusion should be, and listen with fresh ears to this masterpiece. A note about the production: While clean for the late 1980s, this CD (currently out of print, I believe. How can that be? This is SONNY SHARROCK recording his last great album!) would benefit from being remastered. I look forward to that day.

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