“This review is from: Urbanator (Audio CD) If I had have blinked for a moment I likely would've missed this album completely. From the generic cover to the false looking logo in the upper left hand corner of the CD,it didn't seem the least of interest to me. That was until I was presented with the personnel involved. The violinist Michael Urbaniak has been someone I've known about only for a short time. But this came out in 1994 and I remember that era quite well. With the final releases of Miles Davis,not to mention the works of MC Solaar and Guru's Jazzmatazz series it was apparent that the present stage of electric jazz in particular would lay in hip-hop. Thus begun the sub genre of jazz-hop or hip-bop,which actually may have something to do with this record label. This is a very all encompassing all start cast with musicians than still active and making vital music. And they all shared in an important musical vision: to unite the obviously similarl”
"URBANIZED" "Since, Miles Davis, after having seen him on the Tonight Show playing the Talking Violin, invited Urbaniak to play on his new album for Warner Bros. The violinist has performed a series of concerts with band Constellation, which includes drummer Lenny White, bassist Marcus Miller and keyboardist Bernard Wright - with special guest appearances by George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Tools Thielmans, Stix Hooper, Deodato, and the Brecker Bros. Currently, Urbaniak is touring and recording a oneman show-playing violin, sax, and keyboards. In the first week of June, "Violin Summit" will appear at the Blue Note in New York, featuring the collaboration of Urbaniak, and violinists John Blake and Didier Lockwood. Urbaniak comments:"The violin is becoming a real jazz instrument. It's fun to perform with players like Blake and Lockwood -the timing and feeling is understood"
"Urbanator..." blows away all preconceptions of hip-hop/jazz hybrids with a tight, gritty self-titled record which synthesizes the two styles through redefinition... that the forces of hip-hop and be-bop have been on a collision course for years now...the result is one of the most enjoyable marriages of these idioms that's come down the...turnpike".
"Be Bop....It was not so long ago that I was reviewing a Columbia re-release of Urbaniak's Fusion. That recording found the violinist very much in a Jimi Hendrix/Miles Davis electronic mood (appropriate for the early '70s). While a landmark recording, Fusion did not age well. Uhm, what a difference 20 years makes because Urbaniak did age well. Urbaniak has grown all the way up and has chosen retrospection on the present disc. How fortunate. The Evidence. The music is beautifully arranged and performed. It is also transformed. It is very difficult not to think of Le Hot Club du France when listening to this disc with its hot Bebop and lilting ballads. In fact, I think it would be a safe comparison to say that today Michal Urbaniak is to Stephane Grappelli as Bireli Lagrene is to Django Rhinhardt (would that not be a dream pairing?). Ask Me Now is a hearty and novel look at modern jazz by accomplished and experienced masters. A super release from Michal Urbaniak"
“ 2003-05-20 Randy Bernsen is an accomplished composer, arranger, and guitar player. The lad has a great future, judging by the impact of this album. Good blend of horns technology and feeling. And a stellar cast to boot. Jaco does his bass thing on the very vibrant funky "Old Hats" while Herbie Hancock and Urzsula Dudziak join him on "Windsong", building a mean latin groove full of triplets and trade-offs between Herbie's piano, Bernsen's guitar, Michel Urbaniak's violin, and * Mustafa's trumpet. Whew! A witty arrangement of ""My Funny Valentine"" * smoothly into "I Shot the Sheriff". Steppin' is a funk workout matching Bernsen's guitar with Peter Erskine's powerful drumming. "Conehead Bop" also features some cool charts. Heavy Jaco influence throughout. ”
“ "The legendary violin player shows here deep feelings through standards. It takes you to New York...like you were there...."”
"Decadence" is a CD for fans of American jazz with European spices. Genesis of this project lies in music composed for movie "Farewell to Autumn" from the book by Witkacy. Sometimes music is so simple that is difficult to play. On the first tour promoting the new CD Urbaniak's band features:George Colligan - piano, keyboard, Kenny Davis-bass, Lenny White- drums
"(...)We listend to Michal Urbaniak's music which is a real jazz mastery. It's hard for me to estimate his work so I leave it aside for experts. I can only say that I was marveled at way of using instrument, excellent structure and great emotions which every of presented pieces was saturated with. The instrumentation of compositions caused that classical sound of string quintet of Sinfonietta Cracovia fit to facture of Urbaniak's jazz work and it was an interesting experience for audience and musicians of Cracow's orchiestra too." 23rd of January 2012