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Twiddling the knobs on an AM radio time machine--who needs a hot tub?--can lead to all kinds of feel-good aural trips. Case in point: The vintage R&B--warm, sassy, injected with horns and recorded old-school on an Ampex eight-track machine--of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
Live, the diminutive Jones is a powerhouse singer, belting out songs about good love and bad love, and riding hard on the grooves of an oversized group that's equally sincere about its faith in the joys of old-school soul and blues.
The Brooklyn band's fourth album has Jones fully realizing her apparent ambitions to recreate the Stax/Volt and Motown sounds of the '60s. Philly soul, complete with French horn-topped orchestral swells, flavors opener The Game Gets Old," which posits love as a battlefield, while the singer wallows in the pain of infidelity on the dramatic title track.
With its rubbery groove, slinky guitar and bubbly horn interjections, Better Things" could be the coming hot season's perfect kiss-off anthem. Jones offers a lovably kitschy spoken introduction on Window Shopping," about a beau with a wandering eye, and, on closer Mama Don't Like My Man," puts her pleading and ooh-oohing background vocals over uncluttered guitars and handclaps.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com