Sharon Jones anyone?
Just contributed to the "Favourite Albums of 2007" entry and as one of my top five was the latest from Sharon Jones, I thought I'd post more generally about one of the great voices recording today.
She seems to be a bit of a secret amongst everyone but the lucky few - the last album (released in October) was truly exceptional. It's hard to describe without making out it's simply recreating a 60s/early 70s Stax sound but that is undoubtedly its heritage.
Some of the earlier material was a bit mixed but "100 Days, 100 Nights" is arguably her greatest achievement to date. The songs take more distinct and well-crafted forms than the previous CDs, enabling a deeper more soulful return to traditional rhythm and blues roots in a sympathetic 21st century setting. Not bad for a woman well into her 50s - but then an old fart like me would have to say age is no barrier when it comes to good music.
If you're a fan, let me know by commenting on this post - if you're not, give her a try. I figure anyone who visits this site will appreciate the quality of the latest release.