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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