27 Feb Carol Duboc’s name is even less familiar than Rene Marie’s.
But she too is a talent to track. Her debut solo album, “With All That I Am” (Gold Note Music), offers an impressive display of versatility: All of the tunes have been co-written by Duboc, she has assembled most of the arrangements and she sings all vocals-lead and backup. It would be easy for this sort of album to have the feel of a songwriters demo. And there’s no question that singers looking for new material may well find something useful in this high-quality collection. But the album also stands well on its own. Duboc’s singing is articulate and precise (although her voice would benefit from a broader range of color and tone), she has a good feel for urban-style jazz rhythms, and she wisely has chosen to surround herself with, among others, such first-rate players as Hubert Laws, Gerald Albright and Tony Dumas (who also wrote one of the songs).
Sandy Shore, President Smoothjazz.com “Smooth Jazz has a new poster girl! Carol Duboc is the real deal — singer, songwriter, producer and arranger. Sultry, sophisticated vocals with rich instrumentation — a smart blend of influences.”
JAZZIZ MAGAZINE Duboc’s mesmerizing delivery on the ballad “This Is No Ordinary Love”, also proves that this is no ordinary singer”
Gerald Albright “The vocals are angelic; the writing is prolific. I am proud to be a part of such a musical project.”
Jeff Lorber “I love Carol Duboc’s version of Paul McCartney”s Blackbird. The reharmonization is very hip and inspired – and her voice sounds heavenly.”
Hubert Laws “I was first astounded by Carol’s very unusual profoundly yet satisfying composing ability. This motivated me to attend one of her live performances where I witnessed her live charismatic vocal performance. I then began to wonder why she has not been recognized by the world as she deserves. She is truly an unsung heroine.”