Therapists say that ending a marriage is one of the 3 hardest things in life. Jazz singer-songwriter Carol Duboc (www.carolduboc.com) chronicled the final months of her marriage on “Smile,” her stunning, startlingly honest and deeply personal sixth album that she wrote and produced with Grammy-nominated fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber, which was released last month. To support this special 10-song set of soul-baring songs laced with silver linings, Duboc will perform July 10 & 11 at Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton, Florida backed by an accomplished quartet featuring Lorber on keyboards and bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets).
Since Duboc wrote the lyrics as a form of therapy while she was going through the difficult process, each song serves as a diary entry examining her pain, confusion and storm of emotions. Despite the difficulty she was enduring, the material is not bitter, which is likely due to the presence of her young daughter. Duboc found hope and inspiration in the smile of her child. To get a taste of the album and what to expect at the upcoming gigs, please watch the video for the title track. www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIPYZRYApRc
Duboc possesses a deeply soulful, caressing, sultry and expressive voice that captivates, comforts, seduces and charms. A gifted writer who has penned songs on gold and platinum-selling albums by an impressive array of hitmakers (Patti LaBelle, Stephanie Mills, George Duke), her intimate urban jazz songs on “Smile” were recorded live featuring Lorber, Haslip, 3-time Grammy-nominee Hubert Laws (flute), Grammy-nominee Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Michael Thompson (guitar), Luis Conte (percussion) and Tim Carmon (piano). The cuts constructed of enticing melodies, contemporary jazz instrumentation, R&B grooves, brisk Latin rhythms, and alluring adult pop serve as the backdrop for Duboc’s poignant poetry. The shuffling beats of the funky first radio single, “Elephant,” is about how the chanteuse and her husband carried on trying to avoid the fact that the problems in their relationship had amassed to elephantine proportions that were impossible to ignore.
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