Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings : 100 Days, 100 Nights

Sharon_Dap_Kings.jpgSharon Jones and the Dap Kings are a match made in soul heaven – the mighty Ms. Jones singing her velvet-smooth soul on top of the funk and soul of the highly sought after Daptone Records house band.  If you don’t get up and dance when their gritty grooves, take hold – it’s time to check your pulse.

Jones belts out each track with power that calls to mind just one name – Aretha.  That is quite a statement, and one that barely does this performer justice. Though better known, to this point, as a sought after background vocalist, Jones’ vocals command respect, enough so that her voice only could spark resurgence in the popularity of 70s style soul.

The Dap Kings are a collective of New York City musicians, doing mankind a great service by creating sounds of such organic beauty and raw funkiness. The dapper eight-piece band includes horns, guitars, congas, and drums, led by bassist and producer Bosco “Bass” Mann. If there is a stand out instrument, it would be the three piece horn section, whose thick jams echo the best of the James Brown horns. Listening to 100 Days, 100 Nights, its little wonder the group has become known as today’s premier source of real funk and soul, sampled by DJs and hip-hop producer across the globe.

The Dap Kings keep the break beats smooth and flowing, but their role is clear: backing a stunning female vocalist who shows what real music was meant to be. Though each song is as strong as the next, there are a few that seem to ring in the ears long after the album has run its course. “When the Other Foot Drops,” “Answer Me” and “Something’s Changed” are perhaps the most memorable of the lot; songs that you feel in your bones, your heart, in everything, everywhere. 

If you have not yet heard of Sharon Jones, you’re not alone. But now that you know, pay your respects and pick up this album. You’ll definitely be back for more.

100 Days, 100 Nights is out now on Daptone Records.