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Fusion [Original recording remastered]

Michal UrbaniakAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 18, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000008UTD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative February 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent disc... Powerful. It nails the groove while raising the bar through a unique application of tonalities to modern jazz conceptions. There's really nothing else quite like it. It's truly fusion and truly progressive and not at all predictable. There are elements of free jazz, but with great compositional depth. It may for a few seconds remind you a bit of early Weather Report, Return to Forever, perhaps Billy Cobham, yet it's different.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion indeed... May 15, 2010
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The title of the album is very suggestive. Not only it should be placed amongst the most important fusion recording of the 1970's (e.g. Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Headhunters) for its sheer musical power but also, and perhaps more importantly, it should be talked about as a wonderful example of fusing jazz-rock with ethnic (Polish) music. True, such attempts were quite common amongst jazzists from Eastern Europe, but Urbaniak stands out in his originality. His often distorted violin sound comes across differently than that of Jean-Luc Ponty. I would go as far as compare his sound to what Miles Davis was doing in his funk-collective at the same exact time. At least in voicing of his instrument in a non-traditional, original way (Miles wah-wah sound at that time).

Another interesting thing is how Urbaniak used Polish ethnic music within his compositions. Aided by his then wife Urszula Dudziak, with her remarkable yet very true to life interpretation of Polish folk music (all them being Poles), pushing it as far into jazz territory as it would go. It is interesting that collaborations between jazz and ethnic music in Poland should return in 1990's (Namyslowski, Kulakowski). Back then Urbaniak/Dudziak were truly pioneering, fresh, and authentic. Just listen to the title track and Urszula's first entry or intro into Deep Mountain; this is almost a true sound of Polish ethnic music thrown against 1970's jazz. All sounding great, fresh, and genuinely interesting. BTW, the track Deep Mountain is amongst my favorite on the whole album.

That such artist should emerge in Poland of the early 1970's (which back then was supposed to be living behind an iron curtain) is also phenomenal.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tis is the best fusion CD ever.... July 17, 1999
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....and , man if you don't have it by now , I'd say you don't really know what fusion is....
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a killer disc April 7, 2000
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a fusion classic for sure.
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