Born: March 8, 1963
Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only and top female jazz trumpet player is called a modern day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene. Together with her ingenious partner, composer and incredible fluid guitarist Robert Pawlik, she co leads their quartet and duo. They are presenting jazz with catchy melodies, strong harmonies, groovy rhythms and adventorious improvisations in a fine balanced vocal- instrumental mix. With brilliant instrumental technic and a silky velvet voice they are clothing their songs into a trendy, smooth-cool jazzrobe.
“Voyagers“ is their 4th common CD and a program, inspired by their numerous tours of the last years through Europe, Asia and Africa. The (musical) impressions are reflected in their compositions and guarantee a deversified and multi-variant musical experience. (National) musical elements of different countries or ethnic groups influence the compositions or inspire the tunes. Weather with African rhythms or flamenco touch, Cuban fire or Balkan grooves – every song has that certain something, without denying the hallmarks of both leaders. Recent tours to Morocco, Senegal, India and Malaysia led to cooperations with local musiciens and to contacts with Westafrican, Arab or Berber musical cultur, like the Gnaoua music of the Berber from Essaouira or the sophisticated Indian music. Under the motto „diversity instead of simplemindness“ they pick off the most interesting elements and inspirations from different musical cultures and contrast them with their own musical background and create a refreshing new musical melange.
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by Michael P. Gladstone
...Moods is a superb album and a showcase for non- American jazz, and is
rapidly becoming one of my albums of the year...... ......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. John M. Peters, Music Watch #11
High Class, Sassy Brass…that is the ever-evolving legacy of the Rabitsch &
Pawlik duet when their Moods spin you! ...This is an innovative jazz disc,
bright, precise, and most of all, diabolically up tempo! .... This quartet has a
sophisticated way of creating original selections while at the same time,
articulating their musicianship to the next level