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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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Carol Duboc – Colored Glasses

Since 2001 in the music scene jazz singer Carol Duboc started With All That I Am. In 2002 followed sophomore album Duboc, then All Of You (2005), Songs for Lovers (2008), The Burt Bacharach Songbook (2009) and in 2013 Smile.

Now she is back with Colored Glasses (2015) and the crew of accompanying musicians is nearly the same as on her previous album. Jeff Lorber (keyboards, bass & guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass), Jimmy Haslip (electric bass), Hubert Laws (flute), Michael Thompson (guitars), Lonny Castro (percussion), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Eric Marienthal (sax), Dave Mann (horns) and many more are listed.

The album is a reunion between Carol and Jeff Lorber, who co-wrote and co-produced the complete album with her. The first track is Hypnotic, a soulful hymn about an ideal lover. Produced in the typical Duboc high quality manner.

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Carol Duboc – Colored Glasses

Colored GlassesOn Carol Duboc’s deeply personal 2013 release, Smile, the contemporary jazz singer-songwriter opened up in a way that she had never done so before, revealing the pain and heartache involved with dissolving her marriage while being the mother of a young daughter. She described writing the album with producer and jazz keyboards legend Jeff Lorber as therapeutic. Her therapy continues on Colored Glasses, a Gold Note Music ten-track disc written and produced by Duboc and Lorber set for release on September 18 and launched that evening with a Hollywood concert date that will be streamed online.

Two years on, Duboc’s new material details her struggles with cutting the ties of the relationship, one tinged by her partner’s delusional view of the world. Writing lyrics and melodies to rhythm tracks sent to her by Lorber, Duboc addresses the realities and realizations of moving forward with honesty and candor, even if she felt her ex was hiding the truth behind “colored glasses,” thus spawning the album’s title. But she acknowledges her own role as well.

“Some people refuse to see the world as it really is or life as it is, and to be honest, I was so caught up in the hypnotic love that I didn’t see things as they really are either,” admitted Duboc, who titled the first single “Hypnotic.” “I think this album is going to surprise people. It’s about letting go completely and moving on emotionally. And it may be the funkiest solo record I’ve ever made.” Continue reading

Carol Duboc – Smile

For a change of pace, hear Carol Duboc’s Smile (Gold Note Music, 2013). Most vocal jazz albums revisit the American Songbook, classic songs that originated upwards of 50 years ago and have been covered dozens of times. Duboc is one who opts for a more contemporary sound, pairing original music and lyrics with a modern vibe.

It doesn’t hurt that her writing partner and band member is Jeff Lorber. The pair composed nine of the 10 tracks. Duboc teams with pianist Tim Carmon on “Behind a Kiss,” the only track on which Carmon plays.

Accompanying Duboc are Jeff Lorber, keyboards, Moog, guitar on “Telepathy”; Tim Carmon, piano on “Behind a Kiss”; Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Michael Thompson, guitars; Brian Bromberg, upright bass; Jimmy Haslip, electric bass; Hubert Laws, flute; and Luis Conte, percussion.

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Carol Duboc – Smile

Carol Duboc is performing in the smooth jazz scene since 2001. That year marked the release of her debut album With All That I Am. Already a year later she released her self-titled sophomore album Duboc followed by All Of You (2005), Songs for Lovers (2008) and The Burt Bacharach Songbook (2009).

This year Carol returns with her new album Smile. The remarkable thing about this album is the star cast of accompanying musicians. Jeff Lorber (keyboards, Moog & guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass), Jimmy Haslip (electric bass), Hubert Laws (flute), Michael Thompson (guitars), Luis Conte (percussion) and Tim Carmon (piano).

The album is a collaboration between Carol and Jeff Lorber, who co-wrote and co-produced the complete album with her. The album starts with the quite attractive piece Elephant. With instrumental accompaniment at the highest level Duboc likes in a jazzy attitude.

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Carol Duboc – Smile

SmileThinking that everything had fallen apart, the tears streamed down Carol Duboc’s face as she wrote the lyrics to “Smile,” the title track to the soulful jazz vocalist’s stunning sixth album that was released Tuesday (May 21) by Gold Note Music. She gazed at her young daughter’s smile and found hope. Hope infuses the painfully honest and courageously candid collection Duboc penned and produced with fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber about coming to terms with the end of her marriage. The shuffling beats of the funky first single, “Elephant,” one of Billboard BDSradio’s most added tracks this week, elusively dances around the realization that she and her husband faced: the amassed problems in the marriage were the elephant that could no longer be ignored.

Duboc and Lorber have a history of writing songs together that spans more than a decade yet became more frequent a few years ago when the chanteuse with the candied voice moved into a Los Angeles, Calif. neighborhood near Lorber’s home studio. They complement each other’s strengths as songwriters organically with Duboc coming up with catchy melodies and compelling storytelling lyrics for Lorber’s jazz-funk rhythms and grooves. Naturally turning to her own life for lyrical themes, Duboc delved into the flood of feelings that she was experiencing at the time in the troubled relationship. She intimately chronicled utilizing the process as a form of therapy allowing her to work through the morass. Despite the difficult subject matter, the songs are not bitter as Duboc instills a sense of hope into her melodies – perhaps because of her daughter’s presence. She remains poised throughout her cathartic emotional exploration.

“Smile” was recorded in the studio live with Duboc accompanied by a stellar ensemble consisting of Lorber (keyboards, Moog & guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Grammy-nominee Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass), Jimmy Haslip (electric bass), 3-time Grammy nominee Hubert Laws (flute), Michael Thompson (guitars), Luis Conte (percussion) and Tim Carmon (piano). Her graceful, caressing and expressive voice nestles into the plush contemporary jazz rhythm beds, rides the R&B grooves, and adds depth to the urbane pop confections. Continue reading