Monday, January 30

James Chance ‎– Twist Your Soul: The Definitive Collection (2010)

"From brutally unrefined beginnings to later laser precision, James Chance managed to wield fearsome power with the churning suction of jazz-inflected and punk-fuelled funk. His band The Contortions were one of the four acts (along with Lydia Lunch, Mars and DNA) on Brian Eno's NO New York document of the 'no-wave' scene. ... It wasn't long before these screaming and angular beginnings were jettisoned in favour of intricate saxophone trills, sparser bass lines and longer, more laid back songs. This mutation was announced via a name and group change – James White and the Blacks – although the abrasive atonality of the guitars remained as a nod to Chance's own free-jazz beginnings. Twist Your Soul is a two disc retrospective with each disc curated by Chance himself, mainly drawn from the Contortions and Blacks periods in his musical journey. ..."
Drowned In Sound
allmusic: Twist Your Soul: The Definitive Collection (Video)

2009 December: James Chance, 2011 December: No New York, 2014 July: No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980, 2014 July: Bush Tetras, 2015 January: Buy - James Chance and the Contortions (1979), 2015 July: James White And The Blacks - Off White (1979), 2015 October: Pat Place, 2016 January: Lost Chance (1981).