Thursday, July 15, 2004


Oops, one more

There are probably only 10 people in North America who have heard of Candy Dulfer.  In the early- to mid-90s, she created two really slick jazz sax CD's, Saxuality and Sax-a-Go-Go.  It's really hard to describe her sound.  There's some early electronica, thanks to a collaboration with the Eurythmics Dave Stewart ("Lily Was Here" from Saxuality, which was the closest thing I think she ever had to a North American hit.  For the most part, however, she hits a mostly upbeat, bouncy jazz groove.  Some say she's a female Kenny G, but I always thought her sound a just a bit more guts to it than Mr. Gorelick's tunes.
Checking Amazon, it appears she's made about 10 albums, but she apparently makes the cardinal error so many awesome instrumentalists do.  She attempts to sing.  It nearly did  Joe Satriani in, but he saw the error of his ways quickly and went back to straight guitar.  Eric Johnson, who has a voice so thin it makes Britney Spears sound like Ella Fitzgerald, has not yet learned, which is probably why he remains on the periphery.  Sorry, but I like my instrumentalists to play their instruments and leave the singing to singers.