Polish violinist Michal Urbaniak is one of the most prominent jazz-rock musicians coming out of Poland. He moved permanently to the U.S. in 1973 where formed his group “Fusion” joined by his wife Urszula Dudziak as they recorded a series of somehow commercial releases for Columbia and Arista Records. This first U.S. release from 1974 was very much conceived in the mainstream fusion genre of the period but the playing explores new territories into contemporary improvisational music. Eastern European folk music patterns and Urbaniak’s ethnic background compose part of the sound which characterized Urbaniak’s music, but the creative mixture of his high-flying electric violin and the use of Dudziak’s wide-range voice as a non-verbal instrument (sometimes electronically treated) with a startling array of sounds and effects are the true innovative unique combination, which provided a canvas for an abundance of interplay among the performers. Personnel are Michal Urbaniak on violin and soprano saxophone, Urszula Dudziak on voice and effects, Adam Makowicz and Wojciech Karolak on keyboards and Czeslav Bartkowski on drums. Unfortunately the Remastered CD, which was a low budget item when it was released, is available quite expensive from 2nd hand users, but you can find it on iTunes or Amazon Download.
1. Good Times Bad Times (sampled above)
2. Bahamian Harvest
6. Deep Mountain