For her second straight album, Carol Duboc (www.CarolDuboc.com) is opening up her heart and soul with divulging lyrics about the difficult experience of ending her marriage and now coming though the other side – all while raising a young daughter. The jazz singer-songwriter’s stories on the forthcoming “Colored Glasses” aren’t candy coated, but honest and revealing to the point that she refers to the ten-track collection of originals that she wrote and produced with jazz fusion keyboard giant Jeff Lorber as “continuing therapy.” Slated for release September 18, her seventh album with musical contributions from an accomplished ensemble of contemporary jazz luminaries is also probably her funkiest solo record to date.
Setting her tales to Lorber’s mid-tempo R&B beats and gyrating dance grooves, Duboc reunited many of the same Grammy-nominated musicians who backed her on what could be considered the first chapter, 2013’s “Smile.” Along with Lorber, who earned his keep on keys, piano, bass, programming and guitar, electric bassist Jimmy Haslip and acoustic bassist Brian Bromberg flank drummer Vinnie Colaiuta in a noteworthy rhythm section supplemented by percussionist Lenny Castro. Guitarists Paul Jackson Jr. and Michael Thompson play rhythm and lead with additional harmonies offered by saxophonist Eric Marienthal and flutist Hubert Laws. David Mann’s punchy horns and crafty horn arrangements lift the tracks into a supernal realm.
The first radio single, “Hypnotic,” an urbane seducer about the intoxicating and blinding power of love, tied for No. 1 most added honors on this week’s Billboard chart. Duboc & Company hit Venice Beach for some summer fun frolicking with fans in the video for the retro dancer “Wavelength,” which debuted last week on Vevo (http://www.vevo.com/watch/carol-duboc/Wavelength/QM6N21505784).
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