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Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation #83
Austrian jazz vocalist & trumpet/flugelhorn artist Michaela blends together with Pawlik's superb guitar phrasings to render an album that's most enjoyable and full of great jazz energy.
The other players (Karl Sayer on double bass, Doris Dudli's drums & special guests Albert Kreuzer's electric bass along with percussion from Kornel Horvath) are very tight and contribute significantly to the overall experience.
The arrangements are superb as well, as evidenced by the lead-in to "Afrika"; this is my favorite cut on the album, mostly because it's quite different from what you'd expect for a tune with that title! title!Rhythmically and stylewise, the tracks on this unique CD go in many directions... sort of like one's moods might, eh?
Michaela and Robert have been playing together for (about) 10 years now, and it surely shows... very, VERY sensitive to where they are going, they will snare your ears in a matter of seconds.
The word that sticks in my mind as I listen through this fantastic CD is - "diversity"... it's clear from the listening that these players are comfortable with differences, and in my mind, that makes their music immediately accessible.
Their album gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from these old ears.
Hilary Matfess, The Metro Spirit Weekly
The chemistry is obvious from the first of 10 impressive songs on their latest album “Moods."
It's their first album that has featured original compositions, in the past they have released covers of other jazz, but that risk was well worth it.
Robert’s buoyant guitar perfectly punctuates Michaela’s zealous trumpet. Joris Dudii on drums adds the spark that makes “Moods” a record that can transform the most pedestrian of places into an underground jazz club.
This quartet walks a difficult line, trying to play smooth jazz in a time when it is underappreciated; they walk it well. Their music has too much life to be ignored; trumpets soar, percussionists pound away eloquently and Karl Sayer on the double bass is a talent to be admired.
Guests Albert Kreuzér and Kornel Horávth on electric bass and percussion, respectfully, add a little more edge to this already superb album.
Kyle O' Brien, Jazzscene
Michaela Rabitsch is the multi-talented Austrian singer-instrumentalist that fronts this poppy jazz quartet. She is a solid vocalist and plays a pretty darned decent trumpet and flugelhorn.
Her partner, guitarist and composer Robert Pawlik is a fine guitarist. His compositions are strongest when he shares writing credits with Rabitsch. The two focus more on the jazz aspect of their powers. With Rabitsch, there is a good give and take, as on the propelling Latin-lite of “Tren Numero Uno.”
A modern day female Chet Baker without the drug problem.
Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz
For those in search of a reasonably unique ensemble, the Austrian-based Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik Quartet has something to offer. Rabitsch is one of Austria's most popular jazz trumpeters and vocalists, while Pawlik—her musical and domestic partner—is a guitarist.
Working as a team over the course of the past ten years, they have patented an interesting approach to their music. The tunes are all original and include a few instrumentals. The title of the album reflects the variety of the ensemble's musical moods.