JazzTimes - 8/03, p.134
"...A dark funk rhythm propels Dulfer's sung-spoken vocals on the title track....RIGHT IN MY SOUL is a compelling offering and certainly worth checking out..."
Personnel: Candy Dulfer (vocals, alto saxophone); George Stewart, Jon Kingsley Hall (various instruments); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Peter Lieberom, Tom Beek (tenor saxophone); Jan Van Duikeren (trumpet); Alan Taylor (bass); Michel Van Schie (electric bass); Honky Hall (drums).
Producers: George Stewart, Jon Kingsley Hall.
Personnel: Candy Dulfer (vocals, saxophone, alto saxophone); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Tom Beek (tenor saxophone); Jan Van Duikeren, Peter Lieberom (trumpet); Alan Taylor (double bass); Michel Van Schie (electric bass); Honky Hall, Honky Hall (drums).
Audio Mixers: George Stewart; John Kingsley Hall.
Recording information: Bam Studios; Barn Studios.
Photographer: Jenny Hands.
Arrangers: George Stewart; John Kingsley Hall.
Smooth jazz superwoman Candy Dulfer is the total package -- she's pretty, dresses well, plays a mean sax, and sings a bit. At a time when the Dutch smooth jazz star's idol and mentor saxophonist, David Sanborn, released one of the most organic, stripped-down, and funky albums of his career, Dulfer seems intent on "gussying-up" songs with what somebody must have perceived as "hip" electronic production. Many jazz musicians have attempted such electro-jazz productions in the name of Miles Davis-styled boundary-pushing, only to end up with weak and boring albums that are neither avant-garde enough for jazz fans nor hip enough for electronic music fans -- Herbie Hancock's Future 2 Future and Tim Hagans' Animation-Imagination come to mind. Right in My Soul is an R&B album of smooth jazz wrapped in pseudo-electronica beats and loops. Having added singing to her act a few albums back, Dulfer mainly focuses on vocal pop tunes, utilizing her saxophone for lite-funky asides. Some of the tracks are pleasant enough, featuring catchy, melodic hooks and passable improvisation. The production here can be a problem, as it utilizes elements of electronic music styles such as jungle, drum'n'bass, and hip-hop jazz. ~ Matt Collar