…answering the musical question, “When you close the Last Exit, what’s left?” Sonny Sharrock’s slashing, flayed, sometimes anarchic flights made him a sort of demigod among guitar fanatics, who heard him with Miles Davis and Pharoah Sanders and thought that perhaps Hendrix had come back as a jazz musician. A few years ago, after a long hermitage, Sharrock returned to public performance and recording (and quite mixed reviews); among the settings for his raw and raucous (and often joyous) music is the band Last Exit, which also stars saxophonist Brotzmann. A pioneering European avant-gardist, Brotzmann has mastered both conventional and unsuspected techniques on tenor sax and bass clarinet; comfortable with the solo idiom, he has also proved to be an especially rewarding ensemble player. No promises on this one, except that it will be a bona fide event, and that it may well scare the living pasta out of some of the room’s regular patrons. Saturday, 8 PM, Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln; 667-1469 or 549-5549.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Kenn Michael.