On her seventh album, “Colored Glasses,” Duboc bares her soul in song as part of her post-marriage therapy. She is open and honest with her lyrics about moving onto the next chapter in her life, transparent about her feelings and observations. Despite the emotional heft of the subject matter, the grooves throughout the session are funky, upbeat and “signature Lorber,” meaning sturdy R&B beats and crafty and crisp live instrumentation. Notables such as bassists Jimmy Haslip and Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Michael Thompson (guitar), Eric Marienthal (saxophone) and jazz flute legend Hubert Laws light the proscenium for Duboc’s stories to unfold.
Duboc was joined by Lorber, Haslip, Thompson and drummer Gary Novak at a pair of concerts on the night of the record release (September 18) at Hollywood’s famed jazz club The Baked Potato. The packed houses were treated to set lists culled from “Colored Glasses” and the album’s predecessor, “Smile,” a 2013 Duboc and Lorber collaboration that journaled the initial phases of the dissolution of Duboc’s marriage and featured an almost identical lineup of musicians. The concerts were videoed and a live performance clip of “Wavelength” was posted on Duboc’s YouTube page (http://bit.ly/1hUveoU) on Tuesday.
The first single from “Colored Glasses” that predated the album release, “Hypnotic,” was among Billboard’s most added singles last summer. Album reviewers have been consistent in their praise of the disc from Duboc, who has penned tunes for Patti LaBelle, Chante Moore, Tom Jones, Stephanie Mills, Jade, Fine Young Cannibals, Maurice White and the late George Duke.
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