Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

3

Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet: Voyagers

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Round Midnight"

Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet: Voyagers Austrian vocalist/trumpeter Michaela Rabitsch and guitarist Robert Pawlik have fronted a quartet and performed as a duo for the past 15 years, releasing three CDs ahead of the present Voyagers. Concentrating on original compositions that lean in a commercial-popular direction, the pair has received a good deal of buzz. The majority of Voyagers is prepared very much with a broad European audience in mind. Rabitsch's vocals are smoky (she is no female Chet Baker-as the press has called her-because she sings better than that). Her trumpet playing is confident and sparse, saying more with fewer notes. Pawlik is an excellent guitarist with the necessary empathy not to get in Rabitsch's way when she sings.

An important piece on the disc is audaciously entitled "Round Midnight." Gratefully, this is an original that, like the famous standard, is intended to evoke a mood from the late hours. Rabitsch's silky vocals purr their way through the lyrics, with her muted trumpet recalling Miles Davis, but miles and miles from that performance. Pawlik misses nothing, delivering a pithy solo that comes close to Joe Pass in places without achieving the excess. This is interesting music produced in a place fertile with new sounds and ideas. Voyagers contains compelling contemporary music, well composed and performed.

Personnel: Michaela Rabitsch: vocals, trumpet; Robert Pawlik: guitar; Joe Abentung: bass; Dusan Novakov: drums, percussion.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Extraplatte Musikproduktions | Style: Contemporary/Smooth


Related Video

Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Take Five With...
CD/LP/Track Review
  • Moods by Jim Santella
  • Moods by Michael P. Gladstone
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Umbrella Weather CD/LP/Track Review Umbrella Weather
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 24, 2017
Read Born In An Urban Ruin CD/LP/Track Review Born In An Urban Ruin
by John Sharpe
Published: January 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 24, 2017
Read Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs) CD/LP/Track Review Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 24, 2017
Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise" CD/LP/Track Review Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise
by John Eyles
Published: June 13, 2016
Read "Five" CD/LP/Track Review Five
by John Sharpe
Published: August 14, 2016
Read "The Whole World Must Change" CD/LP/Track Review The Whole World Must Change
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 13, 2016
Read "Nearness" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness
by Doug Collette
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "Sélébéyone" CD/LP/Track Review Sélébéyone
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 6, 2016
Read "Red Nation "1"" CD/LP/Track Review Red Nation "1"
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 20, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!