Jones and her backing band moved between the cut’s smoky soul verses and blazing piano rock chorus, even throwing in a heavy breakdown before unloading the last rousing hook. As always, Jones’ deft piano and vocals led the performance, especially when she was joined by her backup singers for some exalted harmonies.
Upon the release of “Flipside,” Jones said the song was inspired by the political and social tumult of the past few years. “It’s been really volatile and crazy,” she said in a statement. “I was listening to the Les McCann song ‘Compared to What’ a lot and was very much influenced by how grooving and amazing it is but also how it’s very political and it’s just from the gut.”
“Flipside” will appear on Jones’ new album, Day Breaks, which arrives October 7th and marks the musician’s first solo LP since 2012’s Little Broken Hearts. The album features six original songs alongside covers of Neil Young, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. Saxophone legend Wayne Shorter, organist Lonnie Smith and drummer Brian Blade also guest on the LP.