Channeling her suffering and sorrow into songs, singer-songwriter Carol Duboc (www.carolduboc.com) shares the spate of emotions she experienced during the demise of her marriage on the critically-acclaimed new album, “Smile,” which she wrote and produced with Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz icon Jeff Lorber. Duboc will open her heart to perform a deeply personal set of tunes from the disc at Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton, Florida on July 10 & 11 backed by a quartet fronted by Lorber (keyboards) and bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets).
Penning the lyrics on “Smile” was like writing diary entries and served as a form of therapy for Duboc, a Los Angeles-based artist who has penned tunes for big-selling albums by Patti LaBelle, Stephanie Mills and George Duke amongst others. The last song she wrote for the record was the title track, which was inspired by the smile of her young daughter. Despite her despair, Duboc saw light in her child’s smile, a harbinger of better days ahead along with a reminder about what is most important in life.
“Smile” was recorded live in the studio 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). Along with the deftly performed live instrumentation, the tracks sound distinctly urbane and urban. The grooves are soulful and funky with light jazz nuances, and enhance the mood for Duboc’s deeply personal poetic lyricism. Her warm and inviting voice penetrates to the core making her stories real. Whether confidently seducing with a passionate coo or expressively revealing vulnerability with her visceral vocal tone, Duboc’s delivery remains poised and full of grace.
To get a taste of the album and what to expect at the upcoming shows, the video for “Smile” can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIPYZRYApRc
Below are excerpts from some of the reviews:
“CD discovery of the week. Vocalist Carol Duboc’s new album ‘Smile’ is exceptional.” - JazzWax
“Carol Duboc is that rare artist that embraces a special connectivity to each tune, works as a strong lyricist and her mad skills as a vocalist should set her on a path that will have heads turning her way immediately. 5 stars.” – Critical Jazz
“’Smile’ is sonically, a perfectly quaffed and lushly presented collection of ten hook-filled, expertly sculpted songs… it would be difficult to find a better adult contemporary offering this year.” – All About Jazz
“Duboc creates imaginative and innovative lyrics to express her deepest feelings. With ‘Smile,’ Duboc artfully shows listeners that one can recover from such a life changing ordeal.” – The Entertainment Bank
“Mellow, serene, and as satisfying as that first summer breeze, this release, ‘Smile,’ from vocalist/songwriter Carol Duboc, hits the spot for those seeking that soothing mood of contemporary jazz vocals.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride
“Carol, it seems to me that your personal troubles inspired you for the better. You delivered a beautiful album.” – Smooth Jazz Europe
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