When Sharon Jones’ bile duct cancer was announced last year, Dap-King activities were placed on hold and it was quite likely that she and they would never perform again.
A fairly harrowing succession of surgery and chemotherapy followed and, much to her friends’ and fans’ delight, Sharon Jones, today’s prime ambassador for late ‘60s soul and funk and her top notch group, the Dap-Kings, are back in action.
At the risk of sounding trite, though, it’s what you’d expect from a bunch of troubadours like this - the show just must go on.
For years they’ve treaded the boards and pressed the discs, and it seems that not even a life threatening situation can dampen their spirits.
And it’s this verve and determination that comes out on these cuts, making these old school stylings as fresh as newly baked bread.
Whether it’s the uptempo swingers such as Now I See and Stranger To My Happiness or the gorgeously soulful downbeat numbers like Slow Down, Love or We Get Along, there’s a confidence in this outfit’s stride that simply insists that you enjoy their music.
Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.