Michal Urbaniak: Bloody Kishka
Michal Urbaniak (violin, violin synthesizer)
Fusion III (Columbia PC33542)
Wlodek Gulgowski (keyboards), Anthony Jackson (bass), Gerry Brown (drums), Urszula Dudziak (percussion).
Composed by Michal Urbaniak.
Recorded: New York, February 1975
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
From what I have read, the phrase "bloody kishka" is redundant since a kishka is an Eastern European sausage made with pig's blood. Redundant title or not, a cute, sing-songy violin and percussive intro sets the stage for this track's European jazz funk fest. By "European jazz funk fest" I mean funk that sounds like it was played by European jazz musicians. The oomph isn't quite present. This often occurs regardless of a band's international makeup if the leader of the session is European. It's not a bad thing, just a stylistic phenomenon. Urbaniak lays back somewhat on this piece and is happy to let Coryell do the screeching over the repeating pattern. Keyboard player Wlodek Gulgowski adds Moog touches. The music doesn't travel very far but it is an enjoyable running-in-place number that features some pyrotechnics from Coryell and a hum-able melody. It most certainly isn't like listening to sausages being made.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky