James Chance & Les Contortions

James Chance is a legend: the free form playing of Albert Ayler with the solid funk rythm of James Brown, though filtered through a punk rock lens.
It would have been easy to be fooled by James Chance in late ’70s New York, just looking at him. His greased pompadour, ski-jump nose, plus the lounge lizard attire he favored, gave him more than a passing resemblance to the movie brats of decades previous. But if you happened to see him onstage blowing his horn or getting in a fistfight with a fan in a club, you saw him for who he really was : one of the preeminent avant-garde provocateurs of his age.