Vocalist Barbara Sfraga has tracked one of the most captivating jazz albums of the year with "Under the Moon." Her vocal work is consistently inventive and sure, and she demonstrates a distinctive fee

Vocalist Barbara Sfraga has tracked one of the most captivating jazz albums of the year with "Under the Moon." Her vocal work is consistently inventive and sure, and she demonstrates a distinctive feel for how to unlock a song in a new way. Sfraga benefits from a terrific group of backing musicians, and in particular from her interplay with longtime collaborator/bassist Chris Sullivan. Their bass/vocal duet on Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" is one of the highlights of an album filled with special moments. The title track, written by Angela Bofill, is a dreamy groove that Sfraga settles into with a wonderfully modulated vocal. Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" receives a swinging treatment, calling forth a sweet bass solo from Sullivan and a Sfraga vocal that is so in-the-pocket that it is virtually a second instrumental solo. Sfraga's debut for A440 is a major-league jazz record. Racked by Ryko.—PVV