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Karl Stober, Jazzreview
High Class, Sassy Brass…that is the ever-evolving legacy of the Rabitsch & Pawlik duet when their Moods spin you!
Moods, their 2008 release from Extraplatte, is an “off the margins” collection of uplifting jazz and emotions. Michaela Rabitsch, partnered with guitarist Robert Pawlik, on this their third project, seem to have their signature sound down. The crossing of pathways with the brass and strings along the landscape of this recording, never travels on the same piece of real estate twice, always functioning under eclectic rhythms.
Offer yourself the galvanized presence of Rabitsch’s trumpet intro on “Knozen bein Mnozil” and you will experience the definition of a silky “feel.” Then segue into the Pawlik’s strings and you will then comprehend the gift of solid arrangements. The outro is highlighted by muted brass, a strategic and appropriate finish for both the cut and project.
The choice cut on this spin is “Afrika.” Bare in mind, Moods has all original selections and is a smartly arranged and executed “music sheet.” Moods is not your normal cerebral walk through the jazz park. This is an innovative jazz disc, bright, precise, and most of all, diabolically up tempo! Percussionist Kornel Horvath does not employ the “toys of the norm” found in the preverbal beat textbook; Kornel’s ideas explode off the disc, creating rhythmic complexities. The vocal expressions and tones also are unleashed with Ms. Rabitsch’s uncanny talent to deliver the needed color and textures to each composition.
“Moon in the Dark” has everything. Most notably are the tones from Austrian born, chanteuse Ms. Rabitsch, seductively proceeding to drive the lunar passion heavy with sultry tones! One more spin of note is “Dance,” which has that vibrant, classic, swing intensity. Nice mix of strings and voice.
This quartet has a sophisticated way of creating original selections while at the same time, articulating their musicianship to the next level. Seeing this ensemble live has to be a dynamic kick! Intelligent performers are out there, but Rabitsch and Pawlik are genre-bending workhorses. You can feel the intense dedication to their craft and goals surrounded by a fluent cast.
John M. Peters, Music Watch #11
One seldom equates Austria with having any significant jazz talent, outside of Joe Zawinul, but Moods, by Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik, proves conclusively that jazz lives on in Austria.
In fact, the opening brace of tracks, In Silent Moments and Afrika, offer one of the best introductions to new artists. Michaela Rabitsch has a mellow husky voice and her trumpet and flugelhorn playing is open and bright - very approachable indeed, and her partner, Robert Pawlik's guitar is equally upfront and delightful. The rest of the quartet consists of Karl Sayer on double bass and Joris Dudli on drums, who offer superb rhythmic support. The album title may be Moods, but the overall mood is upbeat with ten songs that tend towards the optimistic and joyful - with only the title track and Quartual Guitar Madness slowing down to something a little more soulful and reflective.
Moods is a superb album and a showcase for non-American jazz, and is rapidly becoming one of my albums of the year.
Jim Santella, All About Jazz and LA Jazz Scene
From Vienna, Austria, trumpeter Michaela Rabitsch and guitarist Robert Pawlik lead a fine quartet steeped in the jazz tradition while offering a fresh voice fort he evolving worldwide jazz scine. Communicating naturally with any audience, they interpret ten original songs on Moods while stirring the pot with a hearty, foot-tappin’ thrill that’s driven by the ensemble’s convincing jazz and blues.
Ten years of performance and three CDs together have created a tight unit that thrives on beauty of tone, as fostered by Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and others. No gimmicks here, just the real deal.
Rabitsch sings with genuine authority and plays both trumpet and flugelhorn well. Her instrumental textures recall the best of Miles Davis while her vocals stand alone as a fresh voice that means every word. She tells stories through her original lyrics and enjoys wordless vocals with her Latin numbers, recalling the excitement of Tania Maria and the sensuality of Astrud Gilberto.
Pawlik plays both amplified guitar and electric guitar as a complementary partner who blends well with trumpet and voice; the quartets also feature double bass and drums for a portion of the program as well as electric bass and percussion elsewhere. Thus, the music turns in different directions with changes in instrumentation and style.
My favorite selection? All ten! The quartet’s music sends chills up and down my spine.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
What is it about Europe that turns out woman trumpet players that have a great jazz sense? The ones that know how to hit it really know how to hit and Rabitsch is one of the ones in the winner‘s circle.
This date has a swinging club feel where lite jazz shows some spunk and goes that extra mile for you. Sounding very much like the kind of crew you get off on discovering at some urban center river walk summer festival, this is a great example of the fun kind of jazz that makes people that think they didn‘t like jazz get turned on.
From Austria they come and this trumpet/guitar led crew just might conquer the world with their sound. Well worth getting to know, the sooner the better.