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Urszula Dudziak: Wordless Vocalizing

Here is a song by the famous Polish jazz vocalist Urszula Dudziak, who was nicknamed "the Yma Sumac of jazz". Urszula Dudziak (born in 1943) has worked with such artists as Krzysztof Komeda, Michał Urbaniak (her ex-husband), Gil Evans, Archie Shepp, and Lester Bowie. She studied piano, but began to sing in the late 50's 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 60's they began to tour overseas and in the 70's settled in New York. Dudziak has few language problems, as she 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 and was a member of the Vocal Summit group, with Jay Clayton, Jeanne Lee, Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Michelle Hendricks, and Lauren Newton.
Enjoy Urszula Dudziak's acrobatic vocalizing!

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