About this Recording
86047-2 - SFRAGA, Barbara: Oh! What a Thrill!

About the music

Even with her very modern musciality, Barbara Sfraga is every bit a jazz singer. As fellow jazz vocalist Mark Murphy writes in the liner notes, Sfraga is a singer "who knows how to DARE. And if you can’t DARE, jazz won’t be comfortable for you." New Yorker Sfraga’s phrasings, scats and ballad singing are all done with an introspective but daring approach. It’s a voice that is full of honest emotions and wistful melodicism. She is never showy. Not with her revolutionary version of Jerry Lee Lewis' hit 'Great Balls Of Fire' or her unique take on jazz standards like 'Good Morning Heartache' or ‘I Didn’t Know What Time It was.' With as much reverence and disregard for traditions as singers like Cassandra Wilson and Sheila Jordan, Sfraga is, by any measure, an important singer today. Aided by Bruce Saunders' mood-inducing guitar work and, on three tracks, the brilliant sure-handed touch of pianist Fred Hersch, Oh What A Thrill is not just the record’s title (and a line from 'Great Balls Of Fire'), but an apt description for any listener’s response. The album also features fellow jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, who also wrote the liner notes, on one composition co-written by Murphy and Sean Smith called, 'I’ll Call You.'

About Barbara Sfraga

Singer/composer/lyricist Barbara Sfraga has performed extensively in clubs throughout the New York area, including the Village Gate, Birdland, Cleopatra's Needle, The Bitter End and Visiones. As a member of Sal Salvador's band, Crystal Image, Sfraga can be heard on the CD "Teo Macero Presents Sal Salvador and Crystal Image", for which she received four Grammy entries. Her lyricist credits include "Got a Match" with Chick Corea, "Blues for All Seasons" with Teo Macero and "Behold the Child" ("Saturn's Child") with Joe Locke. Barbara can be heard regularly with her band at Cleopatra's Needle, Lola, Luxia and Sessions 73.

Barbara Sfraga is founder and director of IN CONCERT WITH OUR COMMUNITY, a non-profit organization that brings musical and visual artists together to showcase talent while raising funds for children's charities.

Barbara Sfraga uses Sennheiser microphones exclusively.

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