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Barbara Sfraga: Timelessness Frozen In Time

Read "Timelessness Frozen In Time" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

New York-based jazz singer Barbara Sfraga is not afraid to take musical steps forward (or sideways) and that shows fully on Timelessness Frozen in Time. Previous albums Oh, What A Thrill( ( Naxos, 1998) and Under The Moon (A440, 2003) have exhibited Sfraga's ability to at least partially deconstruct the Great American Songbook and provide a sprinkling of originals. On this new effort, Sfraga has composed all but one of the tunes.

The sole non-Sfraga composition typifies the ...

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Barbara Sfraga at IAJE

Read "Barbara Sfraga at IAJE" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

With her recent release, Under The Moon, singer/songwriter Barbara Sfraga has proven herself one of jazz’s foremost vocalists. More than willing to step away from standard arrangements and approach multiple genres, Sfraga is not only a talented performer, she’s an innovative arranger.

Catching up with Ms. Sfraga at this year’s International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) conference, it was my privilege to speak with her for a few moments about her album, approach to writing, and of course, jazz education. ...

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Barbara Sfraga: Under The Moon

Read "Under The Moon" reviewed by Jim Santella

Her teachers early on included Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Sal Mosca, Janet Lawson, and Jay Clayton. No wonder she’s so unique.

Barbara Sfraga is relatively new on the scene. The vocalist began leading her own band in 1990. Under The Moon is her second album. She proved on What A Thrill (Naxos) that her spontaneous and eclectic approach to jazz would draw from traditional blues roots as well as from more creative directions.

With her ...

NITE & DISK

SFRAGMENTS:* Notes on Barbara Sfraga's CD Party/Love-In

Read "SFRAGMENTS:* Notes on Barbara Sfraga's CD Party/Love-In" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

One of the primo advantages of living near New York Cityï"aside from having a front seat at the Rudy and Hillary showï"is the infinite range of jazz venues. I've climbed up to the boxes in Carnegie Hall and the nosebleed seats at the Y, and down the vertical steps to the underground Village Vanguard. I've been knee-to-knee with stone-faced tourists in the Blue Note (aka the C Note, in honor of its cover charges), where they arguably serve the worst ...

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Barbara Sfraga: Under the Moon

Read "Under the Moon" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Singer Barbara Sfraga's sophomore effort draws from the artist's strength: retooling well-worn classics into lean arrangements that highlight her mastery of phrasing and rhythm. Although guitarist John McLean adds a bit of spice to several cuts, Sfraga is most at home riffing off her rhythm section that includes drummer Paul Wertico, percussionist Kevin Patrick and bassist Chris Sullivan. It is Sullivan whom Sfraga plays off best and the two have a keen insight into each other's style. ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Barbara Sfraga: Under The Moon

Read "Barbara Sfraga: Under The Moon" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Barbara Sfraga is one of those rare artists who is developing her own voice and style more and more with each recording. Her vocals contain elements of two of my favorite vocalists: Mark Murphy and Kitty Margolis. She is a risk taker that has established her own group sound on this new release. Each member of the ensemble has an individual voice, but together every players contributes to the whole vision that Sfraga has fashioned, or envisioned (perhaps both). One ...

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Barbara Sfraga: Under the Moon

Read "Under the Moon" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I first encountered Barbara Sfraga on Oh, What a Thrill (Naxos Jazz), where I reflected upon the singer's remarkably broad-ranging, sensual, evocative voice. Under the Moon does not change that impression at all. Sfraga was more than bold on Oh, What a Thrill by coupling “Angel Eyes" with “Sunshine of Your Love." She has nothing so bold in her repertoire here, but her vocals remain fresh and exciting. Ms Sfraga is no newcomer, but her new album shows her more ...

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Barbara Sfraga "Under the Moon" at Joe's Pub

Read "Barbara Sfraga "Under the Moon" at Joe's Pub" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Barbara Sfraga was finally exposed on August 26. After years of performing in wafting coverups, she wore a bustier at her CD release party, revealing a beautiful expanse of creamy skin. Matched with a floor-length, flowing skirt, her long blonde curls, and a hint of sparkle, she looked like a fairy princess. Her new exposure was also musical, for her latest CD, Under the Moon, for A440 Music Group, reveals her artistic soul more thoroughly than anything she's ever done. ...

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Barbara Sfraga: Under The Moon

Read "Under The Moon" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

In most cases standards either serve as magnifying glasses, quickly revealing technical deficiencies, or as buoys offering support for performers gifted with technical skill but little creative ingenuity. In the rarest of cases, however, standards can act as reflecting pools for an artist’s full range of abilities, and such is the case with Barbara Sfraga’s latest release, Under The Moon. Not only does Sfraga include a daunting array of pieces, such as the oft-performed classics "Mood Indigo," ...

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Barbara Sfraga: Oh, What A Thrill

Read "Oh, What A Thrill" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

More Vocals. Gail Wynter's My Shining Hour and Jackie Allen's Which? precede Barbara Sfraga’s addition to the Naxos Jazz Vocal Jazz coffers. All of these vocal collections have their charm. All are quite different.

Sfraga begins her disc in a most unorthodox way: by setting the Jerry Lee Lewis chestnut, “Great Balls of Fire” in a quasi blues, jazz, rock setting that while quite effective, never really reaches the mark. She does better with the coupling of “Angel ...


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