Personnel includes: Candy Dulfer (vocals, alto saxophone); Jonathan Butler (vocals, guitar); Jerry Preston (vocals, electric & fretless bass); Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis (tenor saxophone, flute); Hans Dulfer (tenor saxophone); Arturo Sandoval, Jan van Duikeren (trumpet); Fred Wesley (trombone); Peter Lieberom (horns); Dave Stewart (guitar, dobro, bass); Ulco Bed (guitar); Reece Gilmore (drums, programming); Thomas Bank (various instruments, programming); Steve McLaughlin, Ned Douglas (programming); Emi Preston, Carin Verbrugen, Ferry Drenthem Soesman (background vocals).
Engineers: Thomas Bank, John Tilly, Frans Hendrix.
Recorded at Redbank Studios, Studio 150, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Zeezicht Studios, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands.
Personnel: Candy Dulfer (chant, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, horns, background vocals); Jerry Preston (vocals, chant); Carin Verbruggen (chant); Dave Stewart (guitar, dobro); Ulco Bed (guitar); Pee Wee Ellis (flute, tenor saxophone); Jan Van Duikeren (trumpet, horns); Arturo Sandoval (trumpet); Fred Wesley (trombone); Peter Lieberom (horns); Reece Gilmore (drums, programming); Thomas Bank, Ned Douglas (programming).
Audio Mixers: Ray Bardani; Ash Howes; Booker T. Jones.
Recording information: Redbank Studios, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Studio 150, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zeezicht Studios Spaarnwoude.
Photographer: Carin Verbruggen.
Arrangers: Jan Van Duikeren; Thomas Bank; Candy Dulfer.
No doubt some very talented fashion and makeup artists got paid a bundle to entice your eyes with seductive, softly lit visions of the gorgeous blond Dutch sax star. The good news is, even without the hard to resist packaging, Dulfer once again hits the mark with one of those funky smooth jazz discs that could keep the dullest party humming. This is the second disc in a row -- following 1997's similarly enticing For the Love of You -- marketed around an update of an old soul classic (this time, Junior Walker's 1969 hit), and it makes great commercial sense to pair Dulfer's snazzy riffs with labelmate Jonathan Butler's kindly vocals. Such an obvious airplay hit, however, detracts from the real joys of the collection, which include bold, brassy covers of two from Sonny Rollins' catalog. Dulfer plays "No Problem" pretty straightforwardly, but she and producer, partner, and all around groovemeister Ulco Bed twist "Island Lady" into a Bob Marley-inspired fantasy camp. The version also features a tenor solo by Dulfer's dad, Hans, and a trumpet romp by Arturo Sandoval. Another unmistakable Dulfer trademark employed here is horn doubling and tripling. On "Fred's Joint," she plays multiple tracks of her alto over Fred Wesley's bouncy trombone; on the Prince-like "2025," she offsets the corny quasi-millennium rap and frothy disco groove with bursts of textured horn energy. Sanborn fans might complain that Dulfer has never gotten too far away from imitating her greatest influence. She's never quite achieved her own innovative sound, but the contexts and production choices make her the primo smooth jazz party girl. ~ Jonathan Widran