Candy Dulfer- What Does It Take

What Does It Take Candy Dulfer
What Does It Take
N-Coded Music
S.H.Watkins, Sr.

Dutch born saxophonist Candy Dulfer comes a little more funky on this, the fifth album of her career. Candy has already garnered one gold record and a Grammy nomination. Her previous album enjoyed a long run on the Contemporary Jazz Charts, this one should find it’s way onto the charts as well.

The CD starts out with “Mr. Slim”, a funky piece with afro-cuban overtones and a lot of good interplay by the horn section which includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax and Fred Wesley on trombone. The title track, “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me),” is highlighted by the guest vocal of Jonathan Butler with Candy singing background on this classic Junior Walker composition. . “Island Lady” is another stellar moment; written by the legendary Sonny Rollins, it features the tenor sax of Candy’s dad, Hans Dulfer, and the trumpet of the Grammy Award winning Arturo Sandoval.

Her remake of the AWB pop/r&b classic “I’m The One” is not ground breaking, rather it is a somewhat faithful remake of the original. That is probably a good thing…some songs are meant to be played, not remade. That having been said, the song is cooking. While staying true to to the original arrangement, she has Fred and Pee Wee (as well as herself) playing the horns and performing the solos making the tune all the more enjoyable.

Having credited so many artists for work on this release, the bottom line is that “What Does It Take” belongs completely to Candy Dulfer. The album title’s rhetorical question is delivered with a simple musical response. Q:What Does It Take? A:Candy Dulfer!