The Contortions

The Contortions

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Formed by James Siegfried (aka James Chance) in the late 70s, the Contortions were a collision of punk and harmolodic jazz that, along with Bill Laswell's Material and James Blood Ulmer, constituted New York's no wave scene. Chance's awareness of cutting-edge jazz - and a defiantly original saxophone style, an unholy combination of Captain Beefheart and Maceo Parker - injected his music with a brittle energy that was unmatched. The Contortions, comprising Chance, Pat Place (gui... Read more

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