Jazz Monthly: Yes. Okay, I can’t wait any longer. Let’s talk about this new record. It is called Candy Store and I will tell you, I will say this to every music fan out there, you have got to get this record. And the title is so appropriate. You get the candy store with this one for so many reasons because not one song sounds the same, they’re all different, there are some dance tunes on here, there’s a little Latin groove on here, there’s some chill down tunes on here, I mean, everything is here, and I can tell you did this one your way. Wow.
CD: (Laughs.) Well, I’m so happy that you like it because this is an album that came together by sheer love, I think, first of all, because, I mean, we were just writing songs just for fun because I was finished with my old record company and I didn’t think I was gonna be signed fairly soon, so I was just thinking, let’s just make songs so that we don’t end up with such a situation that once you have a new company and they want stuff, they always want it fast and then you have to sort of rush an album, and still that can be good, but I’m always a bit wary of that because I want to make songs with heart and not just feel I have to move so fast.
So that was the main idea, and then I came across Dave Love, who’s the President of Heads Up, and I’d met him before and he kept saying like “So you’re writing songs? So can I hear them?” And I said “Well, you probably won’t like this selection because it’s so diverse, it’s crazy, especially not for America, where things are pretty much formatted or have to be formatted for radio and stuff, and he said “Well, try me. Just send it to me.”
And after five minutes that he’d listened to it he called me and he said “I want this. I want the diversity.” And I thought that was very brave for a record executive because that’s not the trend at the moment. The trend for me has always been diversity because I don’t even know what my favorite music style is. People always ask me and I’m like “Oh, I don’t know. I can’t choose. I love jazz, I love funk, I love hip hop.” I couldn’t live with any of those things. I would hate to live just in a world where there’s just pop and funk music, and now jazz or fusion, and on the other hand, jazz and fusion is just dead.
There’s so much more, so for me it’s very natural, but I think for a record company it’s very brave, and then because the songs were also made with a lot of fun behind it, with good people, with Chance Howard, Ulco, who’s been with me for ages, and Thomas, who has also been with me for ages. We just had a great time and I think you can hear that in the songs, and I’m just happy that people dig it. I even was a little bit afraid that people have trouble with diversity because you hear that so much nowadays. You get almost brainwashed in thinking that people wouldn’t be able to deal with different stuff, but they are.
It’s just that some radio stations, and maybe not even the stations, but their sponsors can’t deal with it, but for us it’s so natural and, I mean, there are even styles lacking on the album that I would love to do. I love house music and I play a lot with DJ’s over here in Holland and it’s just the most exciting music and I can mix it with my jazz background and my pop, funk and fusion background, so there’s so much more and I’m just excited that the people aren’t going like “Oh, what is this?” Everybody loves the diversity or they don’t like the whole record and that’s fine, that’s just a matter of taste.
Jazz Monthly: Yes, well, I tell ya, if you have music taste at all…
Jazz Monthly: …you gotta love this record because…
CD: Thank you.
Jazz Monthly: Oh, yes, I tell ya, when I put this record on, the first song, “Candy,” Chance is telling everybody the party’s on, you know?
CD: Yeah, that was such a fun song. We needed that because I wanted some high energy stuff and he said “Well, I have this groove and then we can do this on that” and he just made it in like ten minutes and played it for us and we said “Yes, this is gonna be the opening of the album and this is it.” There’s some stuff you can decide in seconds, and Chance was also a great addition to the album outside even from his producing because he played all the bass parts. He’s somebody who’s known for his synth bass playing and I knew he played electric bass. I just didn’t realize how good he is. He’s amazing. He can play anything. So we started off with “Well, maybe Chance can try some bass on this one track” and then when he was finished, we said “Why did you keep that secret from us?” And then he just did all the songs and it was amazing, and then he started playing bass live with us. We’d known this guy for like four years and I never really heard him play bass. Only on a jam session real quick, but never for real, and he’s now my favorite bass player aside from Rhonda.
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, he’s great and he just has such a voice, you know?
CD: Yeah, and he’s a lovely person to have around. He’s somebody who’s seen it all, done it all, and still he can be really excited about little gigs and audiences and good people, good food, good fun, and nights out. He’s really somebody who enjoys life and really appreciates things, and that’s lovely. He had to stay here in my house, he stayed in my guest house cottage. And there’s nothing to do here, just sheep and cows, no Burger King, nothing for American people here.
Jazz Monthly: (Laughs.)
CD: And he just loves it and he’s here and he eats whatever I make for him and he says it’s the best food I ever made, so he’s a wonderful person to have around, but I still think it’s really great that he came all the way here and bunked with us for months.
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, he’s a great guy. I love hanging out with him. He’s fun.
CD: Yeah, he’s cool.
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, and I love so many of these songs. I was trying to find a favorite and it’s rare that I can’t just select one song because I love ‘em all.
CD: Oh, thank you.
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, and they all can create such a mood and an ambience and a vibe regardless of what you’re doing. Like “Soulsax,” man, I love that song and “Smokin’ Gun.” One of my standouts, though, I have to say, is “If I Ruled the World.”
CD: Oh. Oh, good.
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, and I mean, that song you can get so retrospective and just really get so involved in just thinking about so many things. I just love that song.
CD: Yeah, some songs give you sort of an image with it and for everybody it’s different, but they each get an image. I have that with that song and with “L.A. City Lights.” It’s just a very visual song in a way because you just immediately start thinking images or memories and stuff. That’s funny and other songs just like in all kinds of music, just grab you because you like the music or the groove, but sometimes something makes you think back to some moment or whatever. It’s funny. I have that with both those tunes, but “If I Ruled the World” is really an atmospheric kind of style song.
Jazz Monthly: Yeah, and if you want to get up and dance, you gotta listen to “La Cabana,” “Summertime,” I mean, those are great dance tunes. All these songs are just fantastic. And please tell Thomas he did a fantastic job.