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Carol Duboc: Smile (2013)

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Carol Duboc: Smile How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

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
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
, Anita Baker
Anita Baker
Anita Baker
b.1958
vocalist
and Sade as it does Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
and fellow Kansas City-ians Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
and Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
. This is music for grown-ups, like that of Louise Van Aarsen-Koopman , dealing less with "You go to my head and you linger like a haunting refrain..." and more, "The story's been told / this love's mythological."

Smile sports some expert musicianship. The Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip
Jimmy Haslip
Jimmy Haslip
b.1951
bass, electric
bubbling ripple gives these pieces their contemporary flavor while Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
b.1939
flute
provides de rigueur winds where necessary. Guitarist Michael Thompson plays his best George Benson
George Benson
George Benson
b.1943
guitar
on "Unpredictable" and "Atmosphere." Necessarily central to this recording is Duboc's exceptional voice whose balance is well-distributed throughout her range. There is no weakness in her voice; Duboc easily commands her songs (as would be expected) and proves to be a fine songwriter within this genre. Her instrument so perfectly dances with her accompaniment that it would be difficult to find a better adult contemporary offering this year.


Track Listing: Elephant; Smile; Unpredictable; Telepathy; Atmosphere; Parachute; Behind a Kiss; Gliding; Nobody Knows; Mythological.

Personnel: Carol Duboc: vocals; Jeff Lorber: keyboards, guitar (4); Tim Carmon: piano (7); Vinnie Colaiuta: drums; Michael Thompson: guitars; Brian Bromberg: upright bass; Jimmy Haslip: electric bass; Hubert Laws: flute; Luis Conte: percussion.

Record Label: Gold Note Music

Style: Vocal


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