Last Exit: Taking a Beating

Track

Taking A Beating

Group

Last Exit

CD

Köln (Atavistic UMS252)

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Musicians:

Sonny Sharrock (guitar), Peter Brotzmann (sax), Bill Laswell (bass), Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums).

Recorded: February 12, 1986

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Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Energy music. To some, the term means nothing more than “noise.” True enough, it can be noisy, but in the hands of Last Exit, those barely contained sounds have purpose. Here, Brotzmann's horn seems to have been possessed by some unknown fire spirit attempting to do harm to the rest of the group. As the sax tears a hole in the air, Sharrock, Jackson, and Laswell hurl a mountain of energy in an attempt to encircle the beast. Somehow, blistering, almost frightening funk is the result.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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