Considering the incredible success the Dap-Kings have had reshaping the sound of Amy Winehouse, there was some speculation about how their work on Back To Black might alter what they do with Sharon Jones, a considerably more commanding singer, to say nothing of her powerful stage presence.
It's interesting that instead of giving Jones a makeover in an attempt to appeal to contemporary urban tastes, they've gone the other way for 100 Days, 100 Nights and turned the clock back on her typical Meters-derived late 60s funk concept, reverting to an early 60s rhythm and blues ballad-oriented approach - a throwback to the early soul workouts of Otis Redding and James Brown.
The slower grooves still swing hard while allowing Jones to show off more of her impressive vocal range, although it's difficult to say whether her deep funk crowd will be able to handle the shift from the typical shuffle beat barrage they've come to expect. Definitely a bold move.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings tear up Lee's Palace November 13.