That is the paradox of the Chess story. The brothers were not musical visionaries; they were small-time \”indie\” record men making a quick buck from the poorest, least respected people in America. But their cheaply recorded, bread-and-butter discs of local street musicians and bar bands still sound as fresh today as they did 60 years ago. By failing to be timely, they succeeded in being timeless.
Just don\’t think that any form of cultural commissars would have recorded that same music, somehow.