Michal Urbaniak

Music for Violin and Jazz Quartet

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Violinist Michal Urbaniak, who had been playing fusion for the past decade, in late 1980 recorded his first straight-ahead jazz date. Teamed up with pianist Kenny Barron, guitarist Ted Dunbar, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Roy Haynes, Urbaniak performs three Horace Silver tunes (including "Cookin' at the Continental"), Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar," Wayne Shorter's "House of Jade" and three of his melodic originals. This now out-of-print LP (which launched the short-lived Jazz America Marketing label) was a bit of a revelation to many jazz listeners at the time, who did not realize that the violinist was such a well-rounded player. Hopefully this superior set will be reissued on CD someday.