MIDWEST RECORD, Carol Duboc/Smile

CAROL DUBOC/Smile: Just because you’ve heard of Jeff Lorber and might not be as familiar with Duboc unless you read the writer’s credits on hit albums doesn’t mean this isn’t a rematch of equals that had solid creative chemistry over a decade back. Calling in the crème of his lite jazz pals, the result is a jazzy take on a mature woman album in which the singer looks back at the ups and downs and the final emergence. Even though she knows how to swing for the fences, she doesn’t try to do that here, making it a personal statement kind of set, but the ball is heading over the fence just the same. Check it out.