“They invited some “legendary luminaries from Minnesota” (Questlove’s words, since he did almost all the talking onstage) — longtime Prince saxophonist Eric Leeds, bassist/singer Paul Peterson and Mint Condition frontman Stokley Williams — for “Mutiny,” a tune Prince penned for the Family, a 1985 side project that Peterson fronted. Suddenly, with these extra players, D’Angelo was transformed into a performer, not just an introverted keyboardist lost in his own groove. He clearly relished Leeds’ expressive sax (though he was startled when Leeds later played D’Angelo’s keys). Peterson contributed funky lead vocals and a classic Minneapolis Sound bass line..... D’Angelo was up dancing, shouting instructions to the band and getting buck wild — just like old times. ”
“St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin of the Family, a mid-Eighties Prince act, joined for "High Fashion/Mutiny," off 1985's The Family – another cult favorite that the knowledgeable crowd ate up. Susannah (Wendy's twin sister, who dated Prince for many years) strutted around the stage in a white pantsuit, looking like she was having the time of her life. ”
“A highlight of last night's tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall was the funk medley by fDeluxe, featuring members of '80s project the Family, including the artist's regular sax player Eric Leeds and one-time fiancée Susannah Melvoin.”
“But of course, the funk was what brought the crowd out of their seats. Fdeluxe (a reunited version of mid-'80s Prince protégés the Family, featuring Wendy's twin sister Susannah) tore through "High Fashion" and "Mutiny"”
“while Fdeluxe -- featuring such former members of The Family as Eric Leeds, Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul Peterson -- ripped through “High Fashion” and “Mutiny.””
“The show reached its funkiest echelon when fDeluxe (formerly the Prince-curated Family) came out to perform with the Roots, running through "High Fashion" and "Mutiny" from the Family's self-titled album, Paul Peterson's thunderous bass helming the ferocious jam. ”
“fDeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances.”
“Dominant appearance by fDeluxe... a master class in bass-driven grooves”
"No one is happier than me to play with one of my favorite groups at such a prestigious event. I can't wait for them to bring the house down this week!" Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots
“A funky night with fDeluxe at the Dakota Sunday was a funky night in the Twin Cities. fDeluxe (formerly the Family) was at the Dakota for some vintage Minneapolis Sound funk. I caught fDeluxe’s early set. The Family was a Prince project in 1985 featuring St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin (Wendy’s twin sister and Prince’s then-girlfriend) on lead vocals. Peterson, Melvoin and original Family members saxophonist Eric Leeds and drummer Jellybean Johnson decided to reunite last year and make a new album ("Gaslight"). However, Prince owned the name “the Family” so the new project was released under fDeluxe. After gigs in New York and Washington D.C. opening for Sheila E last week, fDeluxe sounded more like a band than a project at the Dakota. Leeds was the star of the 80-minute first set. He’s a sax monster, who needs to find more regular gigs here in the Twin Cities, where he lives.. ”
“Its a Family Affair. With Prince's help they created a lost 1980's soul classic; without it, fDeluxe has found their own voice... From the skintight beats of Gaslight's opening tracks, Drummers and Healers, fDeluxe's supremely taut and sensual souls not only intact, it's rejuvinated. The former disciples of the elfin one have returned, 25 years wiser, to make a statement - self produced, self-released and one of the most exciting records I've heard this year.”
“**** 4/5 STARS IN GUITARIST**** Ex Prince Band keeps it in the Family. ....The band The Family have come together under their own new name -fDeluxe- to produce a perfectly distilled dose of funk and modern soul that lights up your brain like a pinball machine from the first beat. ”
“****4/5 STARS IN THE DAILY MIRROR!**** Twenty-six years ago, The Family's self-titled debut was one of the highlights of Prince's extracurricular activity. A split from their royal ruler may have caused a name change, but this display of sophisticated jazz and supple funk, fronted by Susannah Melvoin (and Paul Peterson,) show's they're more than court rejects.”
"Melvoin and Peterson have put the Family back together but with a new moniker, fDeluxe. The new fDeluxe album, "Gaslight" -- which also features original Family members Eric Leeds (who has worked with Prince, Sheila E and others) on saxophone and Jellybean Johnson (who still tours with Morris Day & the Time) on drums and guitar -- is both a continuation of the Family and a journey in new directions. In other words, it's got plenty of sanctified funk, dreamy pop, soulful duets and jazzy saxophone.
“St. Paul Peterson, Jellybean Johnson, Susannah Melvoin, and Eric Leeds are back as fDeluxe, and their new record of "dance, romance, and plenty of funk" titled Gaslight on September 16 with a release show at the Loring Theater near downtown Minneapolis. The Loring show will be their first live performance as a band, and the teaser at the end of the press release sounds pretty tantalizing: "Anyone who thought the Minneapolis sound died in the early 1990's may be in for a shock. fDeluxe is the resurrection of a band but may also prove to be the revival of an entire genre." ”
"Their new sound is "less French Riviera more Iowa" but retains Eric Leed's sax licks and otherworldly strings...."