Michal Urbaniak

Friday Night at the Village Vanguard

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Violinist Urbaniak performs "Stella By Starlight," "Stardust" and four originals on this 1985 live recording from the Village Vanguard. Reissued on CD, the set finds Urbaniak joined by pianist Mike Gerber, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Lenny White. Although the leader's violin is electrified and sometimes a bit distorted (a la Jean-Luc Ponty), this is essentially an acoustic set. However, the versions of the two standards (both over 11 minutes) seem stretched out with little excitement occurring, while Urbaniak's more concise compositions are just not all that memorable. An OK but largely forgettable effort.

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