Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Candy Dulfer - Live at Montreux 2002|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
CANDY DULFER is one of the most in-demand saxophone players in the world. She has combined a highly-successful solo career with guest spots for a host of musical greats, including VAN MORRISON, BLONDIE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PI... more »
3-Star feature surpassed by a 5-Star bonus performance
J. Lizzi | Costa Mesa, CA | 02/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is essentially a compilation of two Candy Dulfer appearances at the Montreaux Jazz Festival: the featured show from July of 2002, and the bonus performance from July of 1998. Both took place at the famed Auditorium Stravinsky and were filmed for television. I consider Candy to be the funkiest white chick on the planet, taking over that distinction from Teena Marie, and her jammin' sax tunes have impressed me since "Sax-A-Go-Go" came out in 1993. This is a very good DVD for Candy fans or those who appreciate funky sax-oriented jazz (who will likely enjoy the bonus performance better) although, as with most "Jazz Fest" events, the artists don't get to spend very much time on-stage.
Sorry to say, I wasn't so impressed with the 2002 portion of this DVD, mainly because Candy's music leaned toward vocal-oriented tunes as opposed to instrumentals which highlight her sax as the voice. As for the vocalizing, Candy was pretty good, and Monique Baker added a complementary soulful edge. Another nice dimension was the excellent vocal dexterity of keyboardist Roger Happel (sort of a less-boyish version of Justin Timberlake), but his singing was a rare respite from the rest of the "oh-oh-oh-yeah" or "gimme-the-funk" repetition (mildly annoying). Candy's band, the seven-member Funky Stuff, is pretty tight throughout, although the sound mixing is off at times, rendering Peter Lieberom's sax and Ulco Bed's guitar a little thin. My favorite numbers were "Longin' For the Funk" and "Sax-A-Go-Go," and the encore number rocked. [The eight tracks have a running time of 54 minutes]
The 1998 performance: BETTER IN EVERY WAY (both music and production value) and I'm guessing that this wasn't the feature because it was a bit shorter and took place four years before the other one. Five of the Funky Stuff members were the same, with the different musicians appearing in the rhythm section and as the third keyboardist (in place of the extra vocalist). Candy's sax was front and center virtually all the way, and ALL the songs jammed. The awesome cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," which gave many of the band members time in the spotlight, was a great departure from the up-tempo repertoire. Whenever I watch this, I go straight to "Bonus" every time. [The six tracks had a running time of 46 minutes]"
DMan | Sagamore Hills, Ohio United States | 10/19/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While this gorgeous woman can play a mean sax, she and her band lack true soul. They come off as technical robots attempting to be funky. There are far better sax players in this genre. They are akin to a rich kid raised in the Hamptons TRYING to be a funky soul brother from Philly. It just lacks integrity. My advice, look to other sax players. Even though this was recorded in 2002 it comes off as CORNY not FUNKY. "Wave your hands from left to right" come on..."
Candy is great but mixed bag on mixing
J. SHARP | Alabama - United States | 11/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Dutch saxophonist and bandleader Candy Dulfer since the early 90s but I've never seen her live. This purchase was an attempt to at least get a taste of what I've missed all these years. While it's good and I'm certainly happy I bought it, there are a few frustrations.
The marquee set is marred by some instruments being virtually impossible to hear and editing that would make a mongoose exhausted. And on some tunes the vocalists (including Candy) are exhorting the crowd so incessantly that you can hardly enjoy the songs. You'd think they were playing to a graveyard with all the effort they put into shouting "C'mon, y'all!", "Put yo' hands together!", and "Give it up!" every few seconds.
As others have noted, the bonus set is actually the superior of the two. The mix levels are much more balanced, the video editing is less frenetic, and (for the most part) they just PLAY. And, man, are they good. Candy's jazz/funk fusion is just flat out fun and this set contains not a single weak number. The addition of an extended guitar solo and the restoration of the vocal to her cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" seemed risky at first but ended up being absolutely fantastic. And Candy's blazing duel with the drummer on "Pick Up the Pieces" brought the house down.
Full disclosure: I'm a guy. That means there's another bonus feature to seeing a Candy DVD. SEEING Candy! That's exquisite in both performances. I'll leave it at that."
CMCapo | PA | 08/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must have for that fresh, Jazz / Funk sound. Candy Dulfer is a truly talented professional musician. Her sax playing is definitely top of the line. Hopefully she stays solo with her own band, she's really at that level. Her sax solo's sound like bass groves in the pocket to me. Which is really special to me. Good audio and visual concert to kick back and watch. "Pick up the pieeeeces, ya'll" is definitely the highlight. The sax and drum jam is hot! Great band and solo's. Time to see her live!"