May 11, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Sfraga with Center Search Quest's Bass Artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan and Soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson with Pianist/Keyboardist/Vocalist Mala Waldron and Saxophonist Allen Won @SATALLA www.satalla.com 37 W. 26th St. (6th/B'way) Reservations: 212.576.1155 Wednesday, May 11th, 7:00 pm show $15. cover
New music each time we play!
Sfraga's bright, thrilling voice bursts each lyric, informing it with velvet intelligence. -- DOWNBEAT (Best CDs of 2003)
...One of the strongest, if not the most eclectic, rhythm sections working today is Thompson and Sullivan...., their rhythmic intensity and discoveries reflect a broad history across a wide spectrum of styles from the hard driving free sounds of Archie Shepp to the calypso rhythms of the Mighty Sparrow. But the result is never muddy or confused. Theirs is a journey of purpose, tightly focused, without distraction...but taken at leisure. As a sojourner with them on their travels, the result is most enlightening... --DRIMALA RECORDS, Jazz Review
Mala Waldron's playing exhibits a fascinating combination of tension and relaxation that sustains the mood of each composition. -- Shariff Abdur-Salaam, WKCR-FM
Allen Won is a masterful musician whose richness of tone and musicality are at a level so few ever attain in a lifetime, let alone so early in their career. -- Seth Abramson, THE JAZZ STANDARD, NYC
This is jazz singing at its cutting-edge best, evidence...of the art's capacity for creative expansion and evolution. -- Don Heckman, LA TIMES
...Chris Sullivan and Michael Thompson are masters of feel, maestros of the deep earthen groove... (fans of Parker and Drake will surely not be disappointed) -- SIGNAL TO NOISE Magazine
You might hear intimations of icons like Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan in her delivery, but Barbara Sfraga's very much her own woman: On her new album Under The Moon, (A440 Music Group), she remodels and inhabits standards ranging from Stardust to Bob Dylan's Every Grain of Sand, and tosses in a wry, funky original (Never Walk Away) for good measure. -- TIME OUT NEW YORK
For more information, as well as word on the artist's respective projects: www.barbarasfraga.com (Barbara Sfraga) www.drimala.com/artists/csq.htm (Center Search Quest's Chris Sullivan & Michael T.A." Thompson) www.soulfulsound.com (Mala Waldron) www.allenwon.com (Allen Won)
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