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Candy Dulfer: Funked Up!

Read "Funked Up!" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Let's not get confused. Candy Dulfer's music isn't jazz so much as it is soul without lyrics. And that's just fine.

The Holland-born saxophonist was raised in a musical family. Her father, Hans Dulfer, founded the Bimhaus, a jazz club that was subsidized by the government as a means of promoting the arts. Candy Dulfer broke away from the traditional after seeing her father outcast by puritanical jazz thinking. Her career has been marked by playing pop, R&B and funk, ...

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Candy Dulfer: Funked Up!

Read "Funked Up!" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Let's get something straight. Candy Dulfer is not a jazz saxophonist. Candy Dulfer is a funk saxophonist who can play jazz, but her preference is playing funk.If you're going to call your new album Funked Up!, you had better bring the funk loud, proud and strong. No worries here. The Dutch-born saxophonist delivers 11 tracks of pure funk on wax (or highly polished plastic, to be exact).From the incandescent lead-off “First In Line," and through the ...

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Candy Dulfer: Prodigy Turned Pro

Read "Candy Dulfer: Prodigy Turned Pro" reviewed by Mikayla Gilbreath

It's an age-old question--What's the secret of success? For Candy Dulfer, arguably the most commercially successful female saxophonist ever, the answer seems to include first-rate musicianship combined with a healthy dose of stage presence. To those attending their first Candy Dulfer concert, she must seem somewhat of an enigma. When she first takes the stage, tall, blonde, and beautiful, Dulfer seems more fashion model than musician--until she starts to play. Her towering spontaneous solos immediately grab one's attention. Her aggressive ...

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Candy Dulfer: Candy Store

Read "Candy Store" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Candy Dulfer was just twenty years old when she scored her first international hit, “Lily Was Here, a duet with Eurhythmics guitarist Dave Stewart. At that time, she was already an experienced saxophonist, having started at the age of six, heavily influenced by her father, jazz saxophonist Hans Dulfer. Though “Lily Was Here performed well on the pop charts, Dulfer has been more of a soul/funk artist, evidenced by Candy Store. Dutch-born Dulfer led her first band, ...

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Candy Dulfer Band in New Jersey

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Candy Dulfer and Band Shrine Auditorium West Collingswood, New Jersey October 13, 2007

The intimate art deco theater helped launch many conversations among the attendees until the band started a funky rhythm, which grew stronger, with chants of “Candy emanating from the stage, and then the featured artist entering from the back of the auditorium, walking up some steps and down a ramp leading to the stage, all the while blowing into her alto ...

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Candy Dulfer: Candy Store

Read "Candy Store" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

This is what it sounds like when an artist dabbles in a variety of styles on an album and doesn't really commit to any one of them.Candy Dulfer has nothing to prove to anyone, especially any stuffy old jazz critics. She's blonde, hot, and knows her chops on the alto saxophone like a butcher knows his cuts of pork. So why is Candy Store so distressingly ordinary? Maybe because, like her frequent band mate Prince, Dulfer does a ...


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