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Album Review

True to the cute, winking title of her Heads Up debut, the glamorous and funky Dutch sax superstar offers a tasty little bagful of everything to please the funky, smooth, and exotic taste buds of jazz and R&B fans around the world. There's feisty, blistering jamming with multiple horn textures and jangling guitars (the sizzling opening track "Candy"), easy grooving, melodic old-school soul ("L.A. Citylights"), raw and thumping, brassy party singalongs ("Music = Love," the buoyant and breezy "Summertime"), and even a scorching Latin/Caribbean island dance-along ("La Cabana") and a jaunt to Jamaica (the jumpy, lilting "Smokin' Gun"). Dulfer's always had a little of that classic David Sanborn touch in her sound, and that inspiration shines through on the low-key, late-night vibing of "11:58," one of a few rich ballads here. The dreamy '70s jazz-soul trip "Soulsax" draws the listener back, ever so subtly, to the Earth, Wind & Fire style of balladeering. All of these add up to a truly inspired and energized date that gloriously brings Dulfer back to the hard hitting, emotionally compelling magic she achieved on her second album, 1993's Sax-A-Go-Go. She'd been a consistent hitmaker since then, but was never quite as freewheeling and playful as she was in the early days. In the intervening years, Dulfer developed from a strong natural pop player into a true jazz stylist and improviser, and the maturity shines through even as the party continues. Best of all, she thankfully pulls 180 degrees away from the over the top electronic production of 2003's Right in My Soul, a disc that, although meaning well, covered her rich R&B and jazz heart with too much machinery. While Dulfer collaborates with longtime partners Thomas Bank and Ulco Bed, keyboardist, bassist, and vocalist Chance Howard — a longtime member of Prince's band — adds an extra charge to the mix with the same bounce and fire that he added to her live performances in the early 2000s. Candy Store was easily one of contemporary jazz's finest and funkiest releases of 2007. [This version of Candy Store includes the bonus track "Finsbury Park, Cafe 67 (2007 Version)."]

Customer Reviews


I'm freaking out here. I've been a big smooth jazz fan for many years, and I've never heard anything like the songs on this album. Candy Dulfer is definately breaking new ground and innovating here, and I'm very impressed. It just came out of nowhere... I didn't even know she was coming out with a new album until Dave Koz mentioned it in his radio show. Well I'm thrilled to be adding these songs to my ipod playlist.

Candy is wonderful!

I have been a Candy Dulfer fan for many years. I even had the pleasure of meeting her briefly in 2003 in NY. Candy and Thomas Bank together have made wonderful music! Search you tube for the live version of Everytime! This album is just fantastic and I look forward to her next project.

Simply a wonderful album

As a whole, the album is great, quite possibly Candy's best. It's a more complete album than anything she's released since the early 90s. I literally can't stop listening to it, especially in the car. Some tracks (L.A. City Lights, Everytime, La Cabana, SoulSax) I prefer over others, but by no means is anything on this album bad. Also, be advised that there is an external noise added to "L.A. City Lights". It's an effect meant to make it sound like a record added to the actual mix of the track; the download sounds the same way it does on the radio and on the CD.


Born: September 19, 1969 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dutch saxophonist/vocalist Candy Dulfer is a charismatic and gifted performer known for her funky, genre-bending take on smooth jazz, dance-pop, and instrumental R&B. Initially brought to the public's attention via appearances with Prince, Dulfer (whose influences range from Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis to Maceo Parker and David Sanborn) went on to become a hugely successful crossover jazz star. Born in Amsterdam in 1969, Dulfer was raised in a musical family, the daughter of Hans Dulfer, a respected...
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