Appealing fusion of world and jazz music from
Musenblaetter Jazz, Frank Becker
The Jazz-Club for at home - Elegant, distinguished, perfect.
Lately announced on this site - now it is here, the new album „Moods“ of Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik who’s duo has changed to a quartet – with good success, because bassplayer Karl Sayer and drummer Joris Dudli fit into the concept seamlessly. With pleasure you can register, that it is still possible to play excellent new jazz, effortless and animated. The international formed mix – no world music, notabene! , but pure modern jazz with European, American and Latin elements - this time is composed by Pawlik and Rabitsch each and all. The splendid stile, with which Rabitsch plays trumpet and flugelhorn and Pawliks elegant play are guarantors.
Two tracks are taken from the former album „Just the two of us“, and with „Moon in the Dark“, which now is more than half a minute longer and has some bite more it is difficult to prefer a version – both have their charm. With „Tren Numero Uno“ it is easier. Here the new version had been immediately my favorite (not only because of the duration of the song – more than two times longer): with drive and a more powerful tempo – a classical hard bop tune.
The interplay of trumpet/ flugelhorn and guitar is still as unusual as delicate and like already on their former album Rabitsch and Pawlik convince, that this combination can portray most pleasantly.
Just half a year or one year passed between the recordings of „Just the two of us“ and „Moods“, but you can hear clearly a progression. „Tren Numero Uno“ and „Dance“ are really showpieces. Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik had been extraordinary and good as a duo, as Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet they are extraordinary good.
Angela Ballhorn, Jazzthetik
Ten years of partnership and common musical creating: under such circumstances you get to know the other closely, with all his stregths and weaknesses, know how to support the other, know, when you can lean on.
Robert Pawlik studied at Conservatory of Vienna and focused in the last years - equally as his partner - on the duo and quartet with Michaela Rabitsch. They compose together in interaction. And it works. This CD is really flawlessly, groovy, swinging, and proofes, that Viennese charm and Jazz definitely combine.
Sanna Samsara, Planet Music
Smooth Jazz from Austria.
Christine Sicher, Eurocity
Like velvet and silk.