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By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings} started making funk}-threaded soul} music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones} at stuffing notes with ache and meaning might be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette} and Tina Turner} in the Ike} years, too. But what Jones} brings to the funkified table has legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belong to Binky Griptite}, Bugaloo Velez}, Homer Steinweiss}, and Dave Guy} -- her Dap-Kings}. Jones}, like James Brown}, was born in Augusta, GA; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in 1970s disco} and funk} with an eye toward cutting a record of her own. Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones} was turning in backup vocals for gospel}, soul}, disco} and blues} artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones}' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul} diva's dream she went back to church singing. She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rykers Island. It wouldn't be until 1996 that Desco Records} would rediscover Jones}' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers}, Jones} released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones} picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk} -- that stuck. Jones} released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings}, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings}, after signing with Daptone Records} in 2002. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists (including Greyboy}) ensued. In 2005, Jones} reteamed with the Dap-Kings} for the winking groovefest that is Naturally}. With it, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings} proved that, no matter how late in the game, they are hell-bent on breathing life back into boiled-down funk} and soul}. ~ Tammy La Gorce, All Music Guide

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