Artists Worth Checking Out: Carol Duboc Reminds Us About One Simple Truth


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Born in 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri, this longtime smooth jazz vocalist has also dabbled a bit in acting.  Since 1993, she arranged and co-wrote key vocals for the likes of “Precious”, Chante Moore’s debut album along with helping Patti LaBelle achieve Gold status on her “Gems” album in 1994 teaming up with Teddy Riley, “This Word Is All.”

She played alongside John Travolta and Uma Thurman in the 2005 film Be Cool playing the role of Pumpkin.  A pair of songs from that movie’s soundtrack appear in the film, “Lady Marmalade” and “Best of My Love.”

Since 2001, Carol has been concentrating mainly on her solo smooth jazz career, and is still doing quite well.

My album review of the week steers us clear into romantic times, with Valentine’s weekend just around the corner.

I often think of the inaugural ESPY Awards on March 3, 1993 when the former late, great North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano needed help to get up on stage.  During his speech, he mentioned three words that we should do every day:

He told us to “think”, “laugh”, and “cry”.  The above album cover should have been the fourth thing he should have said a few months before he died from cancer.


The album (mostly recorded during parts of 2011 and 2012) is very laid-back, all good natured songs from the likes of Jeff Lorber on keyboards, Jimmy Haslip on electric bass, Michael Thompson on guitars (no relation to the former L.A. Lakers star), and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.  From the title track #2 to the bouncy lyrics on “Telepathy” and teh very cute songs on #1, “Elephant”, #6 “Parachute”, and #7, “Behind A Kiss”, this album is a definite keeper.

Five stars all the way in cranking up the true romanticism meter for all things love.  Nothing pretentious or brash in this album, just pure smooth jazz goodness all the way around.

I will continue in this pattern in the next two blogs with the really popular Bossa Now! series (Volumes 7 and 8 if you are scoring on your smartphones).  Gervaso Silva does his best spins on one of my all-time favorite jazz artists in Sade and I will explore also an artist who left quite a mark on funk, fusion, and the overall jazz scene before his sad passing in the 1980’s in Marvin Gaye.

A pair of other cool entries in recent times for Brazilian jazz over the last decade plus will be profiled the final two weeks of February before a true rising star growing up before our very eyes will get a whole month devoted to her outstanding singing talents during each of the five weeks in March.

And please check out my periodic Olympic updates, since there is some key information worth knowing about before everyone at NBC hammers the simple jingoistic points into our brains like there’s no tomorrow.  See you then.



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