Soul of a Woman

Soul of a Woman

by Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsSharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


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Sharon Jones was 45 years old when she cut her first single with the retro-soul combo the Dap-Kings in 2001. She'd been trying to find a way into the music business for years before her partnership with the Dap-Kings unexpectedly made her a star, but it was obvious that once the right people heard her, they knew she one of the great R&B singers of her generation. Once the door opened for her, she didn't look back for a second. While Jones had beat cancer once, she wasn't as lucky when the disease reappeared in 2015, and through 2016 she played shows and recorded session in between rounds of treatment, with cancer finally claiming her life in November of that year. Some artists, knowing they have only so long to live, use their final recordings to sum up their lives and careers, but that was clearly not the case for Jones. Soul of a Woman, recorded during the last months of her life, is not an album about mortality; instead, this is the work of a woman who was determined to make the most of every moment allotted her. Soul of a Woman is a superb exercise in deep soul big-city style, and if Jones was ailing when she recorded her vocals, you would never guess to listen to the finished product. She's at the top of her game here, with her voice in fine shape and her phrasing and delivery on point, finding the right emotional details in the songs and working beautifully with the musicians, delivering powerful work on every cut. The Dap-Kings stepped up their game on Soul of a Woman as well; even more than on their previous work, the band evokes the sound and feel of another era without sounding mannered or mired in nostalgia, and this is an uncommon meeting between passion and precision. But the Dap-Kings clearly put their music at the service of their lead singer when they made this album, and they made the right choice. From the taut grooves and conscious lyrics of the opening cut, "Matter of Time," to the gospel-infused curtain call "Call on God" (written by Jones), Soul of a Woman is a rich, life-affirming work from an artist who valued her life and her music too much to not make the most of them up to the very end. This isn't just a fitting farewell to Sharon Jones; it's one of the best albums of her career.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2017
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134005020
catalogNumber: 50
Rank: 158973

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings   Primary Artist
Christopher Cardona   Violin
Saundra Williams   Background Vocals
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Sharon Jones   Piano
Victor Axelrod   Organ
Cochemea Gastelum   Group Member
Bosco Mann   Group Member
Neal Sugarman   Group Member
Fernando Velez   Group Member
Hiroko Taguchi   Violin
Brian Wolfe   Drums
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Anja Wood   Celli
Alex Kadvan   Celli
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Peter Sachon   Celli
Rachel Golub   Violin
Binky Griptite   Group Member
Homer Steinweiss   Group Member
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Brian Floody   Timpani
Dave Guy   Group Member
Chris Davis   Piano,Trumpet
Ann Lehmann   Violin
Joe Crispiano   Group Member
Kevin Keys   Background Vocals
Starr Duncan   Background Vocals
Saun & Starr   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sharon Jones   Composer
Cochemea Gastelum   Composer
Bosco Mann   Composer
Neal Sugarman   Executive Producer
Fernando Velez   Composer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer,Executive Producer
Jacob Blickenstaff   Cover Photo
Binky Griptite   Composer
Homer Steinweiss   Composer
Ryan Muir   Back Cover Photo
Dap-Kings   Arranger,Composer
Dave Guy   Composer
Ann Coombs   Art Direction
Wayne Gordon   Composer,Engineer
Joe Crispiano   Composer
Simon Guzman   Engineer
Daniel Gneiding   Layout
Riley Cran   Layout

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