Urszula Dudziak - Future Talk

Urszula Dudziak was one of the big discoveries in 1970s jazz. Born in Poland, she started singing when she was 15. In 1965 she met violinist Michael Urbaniak who she married and performed with regularly for the next 20 years. Dudziak, who moved to New York in 1973, has a five-octave range, a fearless improvising style, and a mastery of electronics that she uses to create an endless range of unique sounds.

Future Talk, one of Urszula Dudziak’s first American recordings, features her in a septet comprised of Urbaniak, altoist Zbigniew Namyslowski, electric guitarist Chris Brown, John Abercrombie on acoustic guitar, bassist Marcus Miller and drummer Buddy Williams. Dudziak functions as a horn with the band, leading the ensembles and interacting with the other musicians. But while the group pieces are very impressive, Dudziak’s four unaccompanied vocal showcases (which preceded Bobby McFerrin by a decade) are simply remarkable. The music on Future Talk needs to be heard to be fully believed. 

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Urszula Dudziak is one of the most inventive jazz vocalists of the past few decades. Born in Bielsko-Biata, Poland, she grew up listening to artists like Ella Fitzgerald and in the 1970s moved to New York (after making a name for herself in her native country). Urszula incorporates elements of Polish folk, rock, and classical music into her repertoire, the result of which is an exciting and arguably indescribable sub-genre of jazz. Gifted with a four-and-a-half octave vocal range, she was dubbed "jazz singer of the year" by the Los Angeles Times in 1979. Dudziak is still active today and has worked with the likes of Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie, Bobby McFerrin, and Polish jazz violinist Michal Urbaniak.

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Urszula Dudziak
Instruments Music and Musicians
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Accompanist/ Conductor Michael Urbanuiak - elecric Violin, Zbigniew Namyslowski - alto sax, cello, John Abercrombie - acoustic guitar, Calvin Brown - electric guitar, Kenny Kirkland - keyboards, Marcus Miller - bass, Buddy Williams - drums
SKU IC1066


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Future TalkReview by Simon Sez
Dig this crazy singer! Urszula Dudziak, who is from Poland originally and was married to violinist Michal Urbaniak, recorded music so unusual that it still sounds way ahead of its time 40 years later.

On Future Talk, Dudziak uses electronics to enhance her five octave range. She sings very freely, makes up a lot of strange and unusual sounds, and yet swings when she wants to. There are some great musicians on this album, including Urbaniak, Zbigniew Namyslowski on alto, John Abercrombie and Marcus Miller, and they have their spots, but the singer is the real star. She even takes four songs all by herself, and nothing is missing No one has ever sounded like her, before or since, and her singing is dazzling and sensational.

Simon Sez: Urszula Dudziak’s singing on Future Talk (IC1066) is so dazzling, unique and ahead of its time that she overshadows an all-star cast.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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