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Candy Dulfer - Live at Montreux, 2002

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CANDY DULFER is one of the most in-demand saxophone players in the world. She has combined a highly-successful solo career with guest spots for a host of musical greats, including VAN MORRISON, BLONDIE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PINK FLOYD, DAVE STEWART (with whom she had the UK top 10 hit Lily Was Here) and, perhaps most notably, PRINCE, who has memorably said "When I want sax, I send for Candy."

Candy Dulfer has played at Montreux on several occasions with her band FUNKY STUFF. This DVD focuses on her concert from 2002, which Candy believes is her finest performance there.

This concert is being simultaneously released on CD by Eagle Records (ER 20076-2). There are three tracks exclusive to the CD and four exclusive to the DVD.

Tracklisting:
1. Dance
2. Omara's Dance
3. Longin' For The Funk
4. Lost And Gone
5. I'll Be Released
6. Do Watchu Like
7. Sax-A-Go-Go
8. Ooh Let's Go

1998 Bonus Performance:
1. Saxy Mood
2. For The Love Of You
3. Lily Was Here
4. Jamming
5. I Can't Make You Love Me
6. Pick Up The Pieces


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Format: Color, Dolby, Extra tracks, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKZ6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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By J. Lizzi on February 10, 2006
Format: DVD
This is essentially a compilation of two Candy Dulfer appearances at the Montreaux Jazz Festival: the featured show from July of 2002, and the bonus performance from July of 1998. Both took place at the famed Auditorium Stravinsky and were filmed for television. I consider Candy to be the funkiest white chick on the planet, taking over that distinction from Teena Marie, and her jammin' sax tunes have impressed me since "Sax-A-Go-Go" came out in 1993. This is a very good DVD for Candy fans or those who appreciate funky sax-oriented jazz (who will likely enjoy the bonus performance better) although, as with most "Jazz Fest" events, the artists don't get to spend very much time on-stage.

Sorry to say, I wasn't so impressed with the 2002 portion of this DVD, mainly because Candy's music leaned toward vocal-oriented tunes as opposed to instrumentals which highlight her sax as the voice. As for the vocalizing, Candy was pretty good, and Monique Baker added a complementary soulful edge. Another nice dimension was the excellent vocal dexterity of keyboardist Roger Happel (sort of a less-boyish version of Justin Timberlake), but his singing was a rare respite from the rest of the "oh-oh-oh-yeah" or "gimme-the-funk" repetition (mildly annoying). Candy's band, the seven-member Funky Stuff, is pretty tight throughout, although the sound mixing is off at times, rendering Peter Lieberom's sax and Ulco Bed's guitar a little thin. My favorite numbers were "Longin' For the Funk" and "Sax-A-Go-Go," and the encore number rocked. [The eight tracks have a running time of 54 minutes]

The 1998 performance: BETTER IN EVERY WAY (both music and production value) and I'm guessing that this wasn't the feature because it was a bit shorter and took place four years before the other one.
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Format: Blu-ray
The audio and video quality of this Blu-ray are great, but why this concert on format Blu-ray? The director is most of the time focussed on the continuously gum-chewing Ali Campbell and his cameramen, who we may notice too often between the musicians. who we too often see from a distance. This is a registration of a live concert, but we hardly hear the audience. It looks like the majority of this audience got their ticket from their office, in stead of devoted UB40 fans who bought a ticket. The final result is rather dull, missing the "vibe", almost a studio recording.
I have already the DVD of UB40's other live concert "Homegrown in Holland Live", recorded 1 year later, in 2003. Altough the editing could be better of this concert, I nevertheless prefer and recommend "Homegrown in Holland Live", and look forward to a Blu-ray release. We then see all the other musicians of UB40 too and there is a great interaction with the audience, resulting in a terrific atmosphere, with "vibe". Minor during both concerts are 1-2 songs by the keyboardplayer, who "sings" rap: I thought UB40 is a reggae band.
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Format: Blu-ray
INTRODUCTION:

UB40 is an interracial reggae band formed in Birmingham, England, consisting of brothers Ali Campbell (vocals) and Robin Campbell (guitar), Terence “Astro” Wilson (vocals), Norman Hassan (percussion), Michael Virtue (keyboards), Brian Travers (sax), Earl Falconer (bass) and James Brown (drums). The name is taken from British unemployment form. The band has 51 charted entries in UK Singles Chart from 1980 to 2005. They have 3 No. 1 hits in UK: Red Red Wine, I Got You Babe and (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You. UB40 also achieved something that Elvis couldn’t – and that is bringing their reggae version of (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You to Number 1 in US too, whereas, Elvis’s version could only hit Number 2.

VIDEO:

Eagle Rock brought UB40 Live At Montreux 2002 to blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080i 1.78:1 encode. The close-up shots boast good sharp details and sharpness, whereas the midrange and wide shots are quite soft and fuzzy looking. The stage lighting, once again in blues, purples, and reds (as well as a kind of sickly pea green on occasion), exacerbates this problem somewhat, tending to rob the image of some inherent fine detail and sharpness. (3.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track shows a lot of fidelity, with clean, clear, well prioritized vocals, and also offering a nicely crystalline accounting of both the fantastic rhythm section and the accompanying brass contingent. All the instruments are clearly defined. You just can’t help tapping your feet to the infectious reggae music. (4.5/5)

CONTENT:

This concert was filmed in 2002 at the Stravinski Auditorium as part of the Montreux Festival.
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Format: DVD
Not sure why all the Candy Dulfer comments on the Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone DVD page. Haha. But let me say Gary Burton is one of a kind and Makoto Ozone blew my mind. I thought the performance was stunning. Sometimes Burton's material is too busy for me, but this disc is a treasure IMHO.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Dutch saxophonist and bandleader Candy Dulfer since the early 90s but I've never seen her live. This purchase was an attempt to at least get a taste of what I've missed all these years. While it's good and I'm certainly happy I bought it, there are a few frustrations.

The marquee set is marred by some instruments being virtually impossible to hear and editing that would make a mongoose exhausted. And on some tunes the vocalists (including Candy) are exhorting the crowd so incessantly that you can hardly enjoy the songs. You'd think they were playing to a graveyard with all the effort they put into shouting "C'mon, y'all!", "Put yo' hands together!", and "Give it up!" every few seconds.

As others have noted, the bonus set is actually the superior of the two. The mix levels are much more balanced, the video editing is less frenetic, and (for the most part) they just PLAY. And, man, are they good. Candy's jazz/funk fusion is just flat out fun and this set contains not a single weak number. The addition of an extended guitar solo and the restoration of the vocal to her cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" seemed risky at first but ended up being absolutely fantastic. And Candy's blazing duel with the drummer on "Pick Up the Pieces" brought the house down.

Full disclosure: I'm a guy. That means there's another bonus feature to seeing a Candy DVD. SEEING Candy! That's exquisite in both performances. I'll leave it at that.
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