Roppongi Panic

by Candy Dulfer

~ Police sirens for a contemporary jazz song? ~

Candy Dulfer is not your normal smooth jazz sax player. First of all, her backing band has far more edge to it than you expect for a contemporary jazz group. Second of all, she’s been on tour with Prince and plenty of other more mainstream acts.

This tune from 2008 is a good example of her lyrical delivery with the saxophone and how tight the band is. The syncopated rhythms and the phrasing where the band lays back and lets her take over combine for a song you really wish you could sing along with. This isn’t elevator jazz, it’s definitely contemporary, and you could even say it kind of rocks.

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