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Exit 10


Exit Ten

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Our culture seems to be obsessed with the number 10 - The Top 10, a Perfect 10, 10 Ways to Personal Fulfillment, etc. Exit 10 is a metaphor for nirvana or heaven , as in what happens to a cat who uses up its 9 lives. Exit 10.

The Concept
The concept and point of departure for Exit 10 was to take American standards like stuff the Rat Pack would perform and interpret them using more avant-garde approaches. Stuff such as the electric music of Miles Davis in the late 60’s and 70’s- “Bitch’s Brew”, “Big Fun” and “Live at the Fillmore”. That music’s rhythms and energy seem as fresh today as they were controversial in their time.
Exit 10’s founder is Ted Onulak. Ted is also the band’s writer, vocalist and is a renowned saxophonist in his own right - “Hugely influential to me was the “Electric Mud” album by Muddy Waters, which teamed Waters with some of Chicago ‘s psychedelic musicians, key to which was Bob Cosey on electric guitar, who wound up playing with Miles Davis on the “Agartha” and “Pangea” albums. More connections- this album used some psychedelic fuzz bass and Soprano sax in lieu of the traditional blues harmonica. This showed me that you could take Muddy’s traditional blues, really mess it up and keep the original fire at its core. Third was rediscovering Memphis Soul.

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