Pianist Jimmy Rowles once famously remarked, “Burt Bacharach’s tunes sound like third alto parts.” Well, don’t try to sell singer Carol Duboc on that notion. Based on the effort she expended on her latest album, she’s quite comfortable with the songwriter who hails from Carol’s hometown, Kansas City. That effort extended to producing the session; doing all the arrangements; adding one of her own songs to the mix; and above all, securing flutist Hubert Laws to be principal soloist and gap-filler.
Their music-making pays off handsomely. While Bacharach’s rangy lines and awkward intervals post a challenge to most singers, Ms Duboc is not your average vocalist. She boasts a clear soprano range — so necessary to scale the frequent Bacharach peaks — plus firm intonation, as well as the ability to swing. In short, she’s an intelligent jazz stylist.