Urszula Dudziak – Wszystko Gra (2013)

frontcover1Back from Poland … and here´s an album from one of most important jazz singers from this country …  :

Urszula Bogumiła Dudziak-Urbaniak (born 22 October 1943) is a leading Polish jazz vocalist. She has worked with artists such as Krzysztof Komeda, Michał Urbaniak (her ex-husband), Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, and Lester Bowie. Her 1970s song, Papaya, gained widespread popularity in Asia and Latin America in 2007.

Dudziak was born in the Straconka, now a neighborhood of Bielsko-Biała, Poland. She studied piano, but began to sing in the late 50s after hearing records by Ella Fitzgerald. Within a few years she was one of the most popular jazz artists in her native country. She met and later married Michał Urbaniak. In the late 60s they began to tour overseas and in the 70s settled in New York City.

Dudziak has some problems with language and customarily eschews words in favour of wordless vocalizing that is far more adventurous than scat. Already gifted with a remarkable five-octave vocal range, Dudziak employs electronic devices to extend still further the possibilities of her voice. She has frequently worked with leading contemporary musicians, including Archie Shepp and Lester Bowie, and was a member of the Vocal Summit group, with Jay Clayton, Jeanne Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Sting, Michelle Hendricks, and Lauren Newton. Dudziak has also cooperated and performed with her fellow Polish female jazz vocalist Grażyna Auguścik.

On 11 November 2009 Dudziak was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by President Lech Kaczyński.

Dudziak and Michał Urbaniak are divorced, together they have two daughters: pop singer Mika (Michelle, born 1980) and Kasia. After the divorce she was in a relationship with Jerzy Kosiński for four years. In 1993 she married Swedish captain Benght Dahllof. Dudziak owns apartments in Manhattan, Sweden and Warsaw.

On 8 March 2011 she released her autobiography called Wyśpiewam wam wszystko (I’ll sing everything for you).

And this is her very special album …  celebrating her 70ths birthday … and it´s maybe one of her best albums ever recorded … listen and enjoy !

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Personnel:
Robert Cichy (guitar)
Urszula Dudziak (vocals)
Artur Lipiński (drums)
Krzysztof Pacan (bass)
Łukasz Poprawski (saxophone)
Jan Smoczyński (keyboards)

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Tracklist:
01. Wookies Walk (Smoczyński) 9.11
02. Turkish Mazurka (Smoczyński) 8.21
03. Song For S (Smoczyński/K.Urbaniak) 8.56
04. Cajon (Smoczyński) 6.45
05. Balkan Dance (Smoczyński) 3.13
06. Shortcut To Heaven (Smoczyński) 6.46
07. Drumming (Lipiński) 1.42
08. Happy Riding (Smoczyński) 5.23
09     Let’s Have A Good Time (Smoczyński/M.Urbaniak) 3.57

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Urszula Dudzia – Midnight Rain (1977)

FrontCover1Urszula Bogumiła Dudziak-Urbaniak (born 22 October 1943) is a leading Polish jazz vocalist. She has worked with artists such as Krzysztof Komeda, Michał Urbaniak (her ex-husband), Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, and Lester Bowie. Her 1970s song, Papaya, gained widespread popularity in Asia and Latin America in 2007.

Dudziak was born in the Straconka, now a neighborhood of Bielsko-Biała, Poland. She studied piano, but began to sing in the late 50s after hearing records by Ella Fitzgerald. Within a few years she was one of the most popular jazz artists in her native country. She met and later married Michał Urbaniak. In the late 60s they began to tour overseas and in the 70s settled in New York City.

Dudziak has some problems with language and customarily eschews words in favour of wordless vocalizing that is far more adventurous than scat. Already gifted with a remarkable five-octave vocal range, Dudziak employs electronic devices to extend still further the possibilities of her voice. She has frequently worked with leading contemporary musicians, including Archie Shepp and Lester Bowie, and was a member of the Vocal Summit group, with Jay Clayton, Jeanne Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Sting, Michelle Hendricks, and Lauren Newton. Dudziak has also cooperated and performed with her fellow Polish female jazz vocalist Grażyna Auguścik.

On 11 November 2009 Dudziak was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by President Lech Kaczyński.

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Dudziak and Michał Urbaniak are divorced, together they have two daughters: pop singer Mika (Michelle, born 1980) and Kasia. After the divorce she was in a relationship with Jerzy Kosiński for four years. In 1993 she married Swedish captain Benght Dahllof. Dudziak owns apartments in Manhattan, Sweden and Warsaw.

On 8 March 2011 she released her autobiography called Wyśpiewam wam wszystko (I’ll sing everything for you). (by wikipedia)

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Urszula Dudziak is such an odd and unique improviser (who uses electronics on her voice, displays a huge range and is able to come up with a wide variety of other-worldly sounds) that this standards-oriented release is the best introduction to her singing.

Not that Dudziak’s interpretations of “Lover,” “Misty,” “Night in Tunisia” and “Bluesette” (along with three originals) is even close to conventional but at least one can recognize the melodies.

This valuable but hard-to-find LP features Dudziak backed by an electronic rhythm section plus her husband Michael Urbaniak on violin, tenor, lyricon and keyboards. Recommended to adventurous listeners. (Scott Yanow)

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Personnel:
Tony Bunn (bass)
Urszula Dudziak (vocals)
Steve Gadd (drums)
Ray Mantilla (percussion)
Dom Um Romao (percussion)
Bill Washer (guitar)
Harold “Ivory” Williams (keyboards)
Michal Urbaniak (violin, lyricon, saxophone, keyboards)
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Leszek Swierszcz (trumpet on 01.  04.)

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Tracklist:
01. Lover (Rogers/Hart) 4.24
02. Misty (Garner) 6.03
03. Night In Tunisia (Parker/Gillespie) 4.43
04. Midnight Rain (Shildon/Urbaniak) 4.56
05. People Say… (Dudziak) 5.22
06. Bluessette (Gimble/Thielemans) 4.40
07. Cuckoo’s Nest (Scott/Urbaniak) 12.24

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Urszula Dudziak – Ulla (1982)

FrontCover1The former wife of Polish jazz violinist Michal Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak has established her own legacy as a vocalist. Gifted with a four-and-a-half octave voice, she was dubbed “jazz singer of the year” by the Los Angeles Times in 1979. A frequent collaborator of the late Gil Evans in the 1980s, Dudziak’s singing was featured on Evans’ albums Live at Umbria Jazz ’87, recorded at the Italian music festival, and Last Session, recorded with Sting. A featured vocalist for Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie, and Bobby McFerrin in the 1980s, she performed with the Vocal Summit Group along with Jay Clayton, Jeanne Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Michele Hendricks, and Lauren Newton in the early ’90s. She was a featured soloist for the Vienna Art Orchestra’s performance of “Artistry in Rhythm — A European Suite” in 2000. Dudziak’s seven-year-long collaboration with Krzysztof Zawadzki’s band, Walk Away, yielded four albums between 1987 and 1994. Working with Koledy Ur and Dudziak01Grazyna Auguscik in 1996, she recorded an album of jazz interpretations of classic Christmas carols.

Studying piano and singing in her homeland since the late ’50s, Dudziak became fascinated with jazz after hearing a radio broadcast featuring Ella Fitzgerald in 1959. Meeting Urbaniak in a short-lived jazz band in 1965, she continued to work with the violinist in an electric jazz band the following year. Performing in Scandinavia from 1965 until 1969, they made New York their home in 1974. Incorporating Polish folk, rock, and classical influences into her musical vocabulary since 1967, Dudziak has become known for her unique “wordless” singing style.(Craig Harris)

And this is one of her typical and beautiful jazz-fusion-rock recordings from the 80´s featuring great musicians like Chris Hinze and Omar Hakim. Enjoy this brilliant voice !

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Victor Bailey (bass)
Barry Eastmond (piano, synthesizer)
Urszula Dudziak (vocals)
Omar Hakim (drums)
Chris Hinze (flute)
Vladimir Horunzhy (piano)
Bob Malach (saxophone)
W. Doc Powell (guitar)
Carol Steele (percussion)
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Antony Cox (percussion on 06.)

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01. Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney) 3.50
02. Papaya (Urbaniak/Dudziak) 3.48
03. Wonderlove (Urbaniak/Allen) 3.52
04. Samba Ulla (Urbaniak) 4.36
05. Space Lady (Urbaniak) 6.22
06. Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.) (Horunzhy) 3.45
07. Headwind (Horunzhy) 6.17
08. All About You (Horunzhy) 7.10
09. Too Many Nights (Powell/Urbaniak/Allen) 6.21

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