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Barbara Sfraga: Oh, What a Thrill

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Making an exceptional debut as leader, versatile vocalist Barbara Sfraga engages listeners straightaway with her multifaceted style on 12 jazz/pop standards and originals. Her dynamic delivery brings to mind Anita O’Day or Patricia Barber, yet Sfraga’s one of those rare warblers who becomes immersed in lyrics without over-embellishing for special effect.

Sfraga has a distinctive sultry-sweet sound and innate ability to connect with her musicians. She obviously knows how to dramatically shape a song. Trained as a classical vocalist, Sfraga was exposed to essential jazz vocal masters in college before she discovered adventurous singers such as Mark Murphy, Betty Carter and Jon Hendricks, whose subtle influences can be heard here.

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