Dave DiMartino
August 09, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Saxuality

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Candy Dulfer
Producers
Arista
genre
Instrumental

We gave it a C-

”It’s strange,” says Dutch-born saxophonist Candy Dulfer in the bio accompanying her debut album, Saxuality, ”sometimes when you try to do new things it can sound like something from the past.” Right — especially when the past is two weeks ago, you sound like snooze-king saxophonist Kenny G., and your record company presents you as a sax object. Along with the hit single ”Lily Was Here,” Dulfer’s syrupy blend of Fuzak and funk boasts nothing too horrific, and maybe even offers some irony: Dulfer funks up Miles Davis’ classic ”So What,” while Davis himself has lately preferred playing tunes by Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper. But so what? Though Dulfer’s appearance on Prince’s Graffiti Bridge album has been attributed to her two X chromosomes, that assumption is saxist (she has also horned in on Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, and Eurythmics’ David A. Stewart) and misses the point. Which is: ”Lily Was Here” is one catchy instrumental, but the rest of this routine funk looks better than it sounds. Candy, darling: Alto your approach. I can’t baritone more. C-

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