Boscoe : Boscoe (Asterisk / Numero Group)
In any other place, at any other time, they might’ve been a monstrously important band, but in early 1970s Chicago, Boscoe was lost in the flurry of acts exploding from the city, such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble. After spending years backing some of the era’s local stars and also playing their own compositions at gigs another four nights a week, the band finally recorded some songs they had carefully honed in these performances. « Boscoe » is a vibrant document of an explosive live act at their peak. The band’s raw immediacy is undiminished by studio polish or perfectionism, yet every bass run booms, every vocal rumbles in just the proper manner. Released in 1973 in very small quantities the album was a commercial failure, only to be resurrected as the holy grail of Japanese crate diggers in the 1990s, and now reissued via Numero’s Asterisk imprint.