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Michal Urbaniak

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3 stars Possibly most popular Polish jazz fusion violinist solo album. Great team of musicians, including drummer Steve Gadd and two excellent jazz fusion guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie. Important presence of Michal's then-wife Ursula Dudziak (kind of Polish Flora Purim).

Music is strongly influenced by early RTF sound, but played on very funky manner. Melodic, with Eastern European folk elements, rounded pulsation. Or let say - Eastern European funk. Michal violin's sound is not on the front plan, but more like one of supporting instruments. Interesting vocals and rhythm section, plus some guitars work.

Easy accessible listening, with some elements of softer pop-jazz sound. But great album in whole, especially for funky mellow fusion lovers. I prefer Michal's more experimental and spicy works though.

Still 3,5 - for pleasant and not boring funky fusion.

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