The Legendary JCs
Smith’s Olde Bar
September 27, 2007
Judging from the band’s name, The Legendary JCs, one may expect to see an outfit of seasoned musicians take to the stage. However, while the band has yet to spend enough time together to have earned "legendary" status, they certainly bring the chops of a group that has been performing together for decades.
From the moment the band took the stage at Smith’s, it was readily apparent that the “backing” musicians are on par with the best funk, R&B and Motown groups of all time, ranking every bit the equal of Booker T’s MGs, Motown’s Funk Brothers, and James Brown’s legendary band. While high praise for a relatively unknown band, in some ways it is not praise enough.
The core of the group’s dead-on sound was the trio of guitarist Brian Chodorcoff, bassist Ralph Ameduri, and drummer (and backing vocalist) Anthony Cole. Not to take away from the group’s other three musicians or lead vocalist Eugene Snowden, but Chodorcoff, Ameduri, and Cole were such a driving force behind the evening’s jumping jams that even famed guest Ike Stubblefield was rendered relatively insignificant.
Snowden did prove himself as quite the showman – part James Brown, part Otis Redding. Though showing little originality, he did an excellent job of borrowing from the greats. His infectious enthusiasm generated plenty of excitement, getting the Smith’s crowd singing and dancing along. Snowden’s vocals were extremely strong, allowing him to move throughout the room, at times singing without the need for a microphone.
By evening’s end, The Legendary JCs had let it be known that they are indeed a band with the chops and passion to take themselves far. Their sweaty, horn-fueled, old-school funk filled the room with danceable grooves that ensured a great time was had by all.