It’s Candy Dulfer’s world and we just live in it. The wildly popular and sexy alto saxophonist, who toured with Prince this past summer, returns with her first CD in four years. Man, it was worth the wait. As the title riffs on, there’s an assortment of confections—alternately sweet, funky, nasty and never stale—that proves how Dulfer does pop-jazz her own way.
The core of the Funky Stuff band has gathered ’round: guitarist and songwriter Ulco Bed and keyboardist and longtime boyfriend Thomas Bank. Clarence Howard, a member of Prince’s band, is the new addition, and he supplies the funk in abundance. Howard’s influence is felt right away on “Candy,” a rave/house send-up in which he introduces Dulfer with a call-and-response of “What’s her name? Candy … She gonna blow. Check it.” By the time the cowbells ring, you’ll be drenched in sweat.
Dulfer can craft a smooth-jazz single like “L.A. Citylights,” and lay down a late-night ballad with “11:58” or a sexy ballad in “If I Ruled the World.” But she’s at her most diggable with jumpy Latin rumbas such as “La Cabana” and “Back to Juan”; the nasty funk of “Music=Love”; the bass-heavy disco funk of “Summertime,” on which she also sings lead vocals; and the reggae mash-up “Smokin’ Gun.” As a bonus, she offers the radio mix of the big hit from her last CD, “Finsbury Park Café 67.”