Archive for August, 2009

Candy Dulfer – Funked Up!

Saxy Candy is back with her sophomore Heads Up International release Funked Up! “It came together over the course of a year and a half,” says Dulfer. “First, we had the beginnings of the album. Then we made the soundtrack to the movie. After that, we even wrote a couple more songs. It’s almost like a best-of album representing my funky and softer sides. It’s great when you have so many good songs, and you get to choose the ones you like best.”

Candy has a deep affinity for funk. Her funk jazz alto tone has been heard alongside artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Tower of Power, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Prince, Maceo Parker and Aretha Franklin. I recommend you every concert with her explosive appearance and her special European style of funk.

She is surrounded by her Dutch band called Funky Stuff. Currently this group consists of the musicians Thomas Bank (keyboards), Ulco Bed (guitar), Dedre Twiss (vocals), Chance Howard (bass, vocals) and Kirk Johnson (drums). Further assistance arrived with a three-piece horn section that includes trumpeter Jan van Duikeren, tenor saxophonist Guido Nijs and trombonist Louk Boudesteijn and some guest musicians.

First In Line is a tutorial program of funk. Candy uses all ingredients of old school like vocoder, Moog, syncopated bass and a fat horn section. Just like in the time of The Brothers Johnson, Cameo and James Brown.

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David Foster & Friends – Hit Man

Hit ManThere is no other producer, writer and composer who deserves the title Hit Man like David Foster. In his career he had created numerous mega hits. David received 15 GRAMMY awards and has worked with stars like Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, John Lennon, Diana Ross, George Harrison, and Rod Stewart.

Starting his career as in-demand keyboardist in 1973, he reached the summit in the 80’s with hits like Chicago’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry, Peter Cetera’s The Glory of Love, and John Parr’s Man in Motion (St. Elmo’s Fire soundtrack). Celine Dion’s first No.1 hit, The Power of Love, Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable, Have You Ever by Brandy, Music of My Heart by Gloria Estefan with N’Sync, Barbra Streisand’s haunting single Somewhere are further milestones in the 90’s. Unbreak My Heart (Toni Braxton), I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston), I Swear (All-4-One), and Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion) followed.

His new project David Foster & Friends – Hit Man (2008) is the recording of a one-night only show in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas last spring captured in an excellent CD/DVD-set. The album starts with the Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire featuring Platinum awarded saxophonist Kenny G. The original soundtrack was released in 1985. The sentimental theme encompasses the feelings of a group of friends that have just graduated from Georgetown University and their adjustment to their post-university lives and the responsibilities of encroaching adulthood

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Freddie Fox – Feelin’ It

Feelin\' ItLos Angeles studio guitarist Freddie Fox is an in-demand sideman. One can listen to his signature guitar sound on Marion Meadows’ albums Dressed To Chill and Player’s Club, George Benson and Al Jarreau’s Morning, Walter Beasley’s Just Kickin’ and many more. His self-titled debut album as solo interpret was released in 2003 and received high acclaim.

His sophomore album is titled Feelin’ It (2008). Freddie comments: “These days it takes something special to really perk up our ears here in SmoothJazzland. And I’ve delivered just that! Fact is, I get it! I know what works for Smooth Jazz right now. This one’s a slam dunk, one fashionable track right after the other. So what’s left? You must hear it! * See it * Experience ” Freddie Fox” the gentle southern man.” One can absolutely trust these words of a serious musician. On this album one finds the who-is-who of smooth jazz. Nelson Rangell, Najee, Walter Beasley, Michael Lington on sax, Luis Conte on percussion, and Evelyn “Champagne” King on lead vocals on “Happy Feelings”!, Alex Al, Mel Brown on bass, Michael White on drums, and many more.

The starting title Southern Ways features sax player Nelson Rangell in his typical attitude. Freddie Fox shows his elegance in mesmerizing riffs. A strong back up by horn section Lewis Taylor (saxes), Steve Baxter (trombone) and Johnny Britt (trumpet) completes the professional picture.

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