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Appealing fusion of world and jazz music from
Vienna's first couple of jazz

Don W. Seven, LMNOP Magazine

Nice, soothing, sultry jazz featuring female vocalist Michaela Rabitch.
Austria's Rabitsch and her husband Robert Pawlik have been recording music for over a decade now. Moods is their third-full length release and the first to feature exclusively original compositions.

One thing that sets these folks apart from the average jazz act is the fact that not only does Michaele sing...but she is also an accomplished trumpet player. This, combined with her husband's incredibly fluid guitar playing, gives their music an inviting sound with occasional Latin flavors.

Moods is a very subtle yet stylish album featuring flawless playing and instantly additive rhythms. We particularly like the light and playful sounds in "Afrika." (Rating: 4+++++)

 

Mikolaj Furmankiewitcz, Department of Virtuosity

The third album in the discography of Michaela Rabitsch (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn) and Robert Pawlik (guitar) was recorded as a quartet along with Karl Sayer (double bass) and Joris Dudli (drums). Two guest musicians were Albert Kreuzer (electric bass) and Kornel Horvath (percussion).

It is the first time when we get only original tracks from Michaela and Robert, so we can consider this stuff the test of their instrumental abilities and creativity. This release is also the answer to the question if they are only great performers or bang-up composers as well?

Apart from all influences well-known from their previous stuffs and new versions of "Moon in the Dark" and "Tren Numero Uno" taken from "Just the Two of Us" CD, here are some novelties like an African music inspired track simply titled "Afrika". I must admit that it is one of the greatest tunes of these Austrians. Every listener can feel the call of nature while hearing this sunny-mooded piece of music. As always, Michaela is confident in vocal parts and proves that she and other players know secrets of jazz music inside out and are heavily involved in playing this genre. There is plenty of energy in some tracks which can drive you up and stimulate to act every day.

Without doubts, Austrians managed to get the best out of their instruments and composed the music that can help us with recharge our batteries after tiresome weekdays. Their music is booming and they can feel empowered in the jazz world! If you want to wind down, this music is a perfect musical agent for relaxation and refreshing your minds.

 

John Book, The Run off Groove # 206

Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik are a couple who create music together, and on Moods (Extraplatte) they show how good it can be to live, love, and jam together.

The entire album are original compositions either written by them individually or as a team, with Pawlik playing some mighty fine jazz guitar while Rabitsch balances things between singing and playing the trumpet. She is very good at both.

I also like that they incorporate a number of Latin and African influences into their music, always acknowledging the roots of their love and where it has traveled over the years.

 

Grog, The Chicken Fish Speaks

Michaela and Robert are a couple who have been playing together for over a decade and present all original compositions on this disc. They use a standard jazz quartet format with Michaela on vocals and trumpet.
Overall the songs have a very Esquivel vibe to them and radiate from that early 60's cool jazz realm.

 

Amy Lotsberg, Collected Sounds

Michaela Rabitsch has a voice matching the genre. It's strong and clear and on key (rarer than you'd think). The album notes say she's the only female top singer and jazz trumpet player in Austria. It's clear these are talented people.

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