Is there a listening market for adult contemporary music. For lack of a better categorization, that is what Carol Duboc provides on her seventh release, the all-original Smile which she co-produces with Keyboardist Jeff Lober--and produce they do.Smile is sonically, a perfectly quaffed and lushly presented collection of ten hook-filled, expertly sculpted songs that take as much from late Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and Sade as it does Miles Davis and fellow Kansas City-ians Charlie Parker and Count Basie. This is music for grown-ups, like that of Louise Van Aarsen-Koopman , dealing less with You go to my ...read more
Carol Duboc has one of those voices that captivates in a quiet, almost subliminal way. Subtle enough that comparisons to other jazz divas are unlikely or unjustified, she won't immediately come to mind when listening to another. However, when her music is on, the listener will take notice. Duboc's voice is light, placid, yet powerful when necessary. The Kansas City, Mo., native, who has a brief appearance in the new motion picture, Be Cool, gives us a mix of the familiar and the new on her new album, All of You. Seven of the 13 songs are covers ...read more
Carol Duboc has chosen to go with a program of her own songs. This is not unreasonable given her track record as a composer. Duboc has written and arranged hits for such pop stars as Patti LaBelle, Chante Moore and Stephanie Mills. Her album further highlights the blurring of lines between jazz and pop in the contemporary music scene. Many vocalists like Duboc, wanting to create a broader audience base, work pop oriented material into their program. Duboc has impressed many with this approach as this album was nominated for a Grammy - - in the pop/vocal category. Duboc is ...read more
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