My first Candy Dulfer experience happened when my friend Joy Broome, worked in the publicity department at Arista Records in the 80's. When I paid her a visit at her office, I left with a stack of CD's or artists such as Whitney Houston and some artists who were pretty obscure at that time: Kenny G, Sarah McLaughlin, and Candy Dulfer. Obviously, the anonymity thing wore off for Kenny G and Sarah McLaughlin. And, Dulfer..... Well, she is one of those artists who isn't in it for the fame. She's in it for the funk and the freedom to express herself and nobody else!
Back to the stack of records/CD's. When I got in my car after leaving Joy's office, I popped in Candy Dulfer's CD into the player and was immediately mesmerized by EVERY SONG. There are some great driving songs on that record. To this very day, I enjoy pulling out Saxuality for a spin.
I heard pieces of a rumor from various sources about how Clive Davis had big ideas for Candy Dulfer at one time. Cilve was the man behind the success of so many, such as Whitney Houston and Kenny G (the king of all elevator sounds). When Clive offers ideas on what artists should do, most artists listen and would swim though a mile of shit to get into his office and be told what to do by him. But apparently, when Dulfer was told by Davis what she needed to do, she did not comply. When artists don't listen to Davis, they get flushed from his companies. I am betting Candy was happy to move on and do her own thing before Davis even got the inkling. That's the Amsterdam way. That's the indie way!
In 1995, after parting ways with a sax player I had managed, was working on a new label and Candy was the artist I wanted to sign. She was a free agent at that time and I had this gut feeling she'd be the best artist to sign. I tried really hard to appeal to her manager, which was her mother, Inge. All the things that would appeal to most American acts such as money and fame don't work with artists such as Candy Dulfer. She in it for other reasons and cannot not be bought. That left me with a new perspective on artists and their dignity. Tons of respect for the Dulfers.
Dulfer is the ultimate indie artist, who has done HER OWN thing. Sure, she's collaborated with greats like Prince, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison and many many others, but she is not a puppet or a side musician. If it isn't funky or it doesn't have soul, she probably won't be there. Hope you enjoy these handpicked clips below. Peace Love Groove, GC
One of my favorite Candy Dulfer tracks is the title track from her 1993 record, Sax A Go Go
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Here are some live videos :)
Candy Dulfer - My Funk (live)
Candy Dulfer - Life Of The Party
Candy's father, Hans Dulfer, is a particularly badass edgy tenor sax man with his own unique sound. This next track is a song written by Hans.
Candy Dulfer Funky Stuff - Our House Is Not A Home (Live)
Candy Dulfer & Funky Stuff - Saxuality - Live 1990
And, last but not least, here is a song that is a staple song for the smooth jazz radio circuit in the U.S.A, over 20 years after it was first released in 1989 as the soundtrack for the Dutch movie De Kassière. I hate "smooth jazz" with a passion, but this song is great!
Candy Dulfer & Dave Stewart - Lily was here (Live)
And finally, a track of her latest 2011 release. It's not my favorite compared to everything she has done, but it isn't bad at all.
Candy Dulfer - Crazy
Connect direct with Candy Dulfer at CandyDulfer.NL