Sharon Jones

This month the world lost Sharon Jones, one of the pioneers of the soul and funk revival. I had to the great good fortune of seeing her in concert a few years back with her band the Dap-Kings, and it ranks as one of my favorite shows. Whether recorded or live, her sense of passion and power and groove are unmistakable. She embraced the traditional forms of soul and funk without becoming an anachronistic, hipster cliche or sounding tired.

If you need a pick me up in the exhausting and chaotic season, check out some of her tunes. Here’s a YouTube playlist

And here’s a trailer to a documentary made following her on her last tour after being diagnosed with cancer. Here’s a touching series of photographs from the same period in her life.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Group Shot by Jacob Blickenstaff

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.
%d bloggers like this: