Carol Duboc – Colored Glasses

It’s worth noting anytime a jazz vocalist delivers an album of original music, rather than re-imagining standards or performing jazz arrangements of popular music. That’s what we get with Carol Duboc’s Colored Glasses (Gold Note Music, 2015).

Producer Duboc sings lead on all tracks and background on several. Co-producer Jeff Lorber handles keyboards, piano, bass, programming and guitrs. Other players are Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Jimmy Haslip, electric bass; Brian Bromberg, acoustic bass; Lenny Castro, percussion; Hubert Laws, alto flute on “Celestial Skies”; Eric Marienthal, soprano sax on “Hypnotic”; Paul Jackson Jr., electric guitars on “Spinning,” “Wavelength,” “Breathing,” “Hypnotic” and “Code Red”; Michael Thompson, guitars on “Celestial Skies,” “Walking in My Sleep,” “Colored Glasses” and solo on “Breathing”; Dave Mann, horn arrangements and all horns on “Every Shade of Blue,” “Trajectory” and “Wavelength”; Jeff Pescetto, additional background vocals on “Trajectory”; and Lori and Sharon Perry, additional background vocals on “Walking in My Sleep.”

Horns are brought in to add depth “Every Shade of Blue.” The contradiction is that the lyrics speak of longing, sadness, despair, but the music is full of joy, life, energy. The union is an ironic, yet pleasing audio experience.

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