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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Open Day and Night

Posted on Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Open Day and Night
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Open Day and Night
One of the only bar bands whose lead singer will name-drop Langston Hughes as part of a soul-vamp, the J.C.'s have thrived in the smoky, college-bar milieu that they've chosen; they've also slyly subverted that milieu into an inverse chitlin circuit. Even though the J.C.'s play to predominantly jam-band audiences, they were shocked when they were expected to play covers during a month-long stint in Vegas. They are a group that chooses a slow, funky simmer over bombastic refrains but is successful with both. In other words, the J.C.'s own whatever stage they're occupying, and they own it with equal parts originality, personality and pure soul goodness. Thus, amplifying their long tradition of opting for live albums rather than studio joints to showcase their material, the J.C.'s latest is a double-disc document of a gig last July at the Social. Three covers (of songs by Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Etta James), two guests (Swamburger and Sunny) and one new drummer (Anthony Cole of the Sam Rivers Trio) come together on the 19-track collection and, as is to be expected, the peculiar power of the band resonates best when coming from the stage.

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