The Colorado Sound Album Of The Week is Soul Of A Woman by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. The posthumous album from the soul icon features the gospel/funk highlight “Matter of Time” and is one of the most moving albums you’ll hear all year.
In her storied career, Sharon Jones was not one to back down. Backed by the Dap-Kings, arguably one of the greatest funk bands in American history, Jones had that rare voice to sing high above the rafters, while calling for justice with stunning social acuity.
Take a listen to her cover of “This Land is Your Land,” from her 2005 release, Naturally. You’d be hard pressed to find a more meaningful, funky remake of anything recorded during the Dust Bowl era.
Jones, whose influence can be felt across modern radio, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013. She continued to record with the Dap-Kings, releasing 2014′s Give The People What They Want, a holiday album, and a documentary, Miss Sharon Jones, as she confronted her illness.
Soul Of A Woman is a supremely inspirational collection. On “Matter of Time,” the words take on resonance. Unity is coming, she urges. On the stunning “Call On God,” Jones reimagines a song left over from 2007. The video says it all. What a voice. What an album. What an inspiration.