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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.
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|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|
Customer Reviews (1)
- Future TalkReview by Simon Sez
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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