The great soul songstress Sharon Jones’s death last fall of pancreatic cancer was tragic if not shocking – after all, label Daptone Records had been open about her battle with pancreatic cancer, and it was documented earlier that year in Barbara Kopple’s wonderful film Miss Sharon Jones!. In the film, she beats the disease, but it returned as the film hit the festival circuit, and she was gone by November.
But she left us with one last gift. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ final studio album, Soul of a Woman, will be out this fall, with eleven brand-new tracks that combine the band’s brassy, old-school sound with Jones’s electrifying vocals. And the band has released a video for the record’s first single, “Matter of Time,” a warm montage of intimate backstage clips, one more valentine to this singular talent.
Soul of a Woman drops November 17; you can pre-order it direct from Daptone here.