Appealing fusion of world and jazz music from
Thomas Haderlapp, Concerto
It’s been two years now that the obstetrician of jazz had his one hundredst jubilee, the wave of revivals faded away a little, and just now the band „two of a kind“ round female trumpeter Michaela Rabitsch releases an Armstrong tribute. And that’s fine. The dedicated trumpeter is already well known from a great number of appearances and sessions in the most popular Austrian clubs. And at that recording, additional pleasant, she also sings.
The sound of the quartet with guitarist Robert Pawlik, bassist Wolfgang Wallisch and drummer Oliver Krammer has refreshing little to do with commercial and often fast fermented tributes.
Well ballanced two of a kind maneuvers through a best-of repertoire, not without adding now and then some original interjections and musical ideas.
A dignified obeisance ahead of a jazz giant.
Two main characters of this Austrian jazz quartet are Michaela Rabitsch (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals) and Robert Pawlik (guitar, background vocals). They are a married couple with a great musical background. Michaela studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, and Robert studied at the Conservatory of Vienna and the American Institute of Music. Michaela is strongly influenced by Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Farmer, Tomasz Stanko and Enrico Rava. Robert's favourite genres are funk, jazz and fusion. Two remaining musicians are Wolfgang Wallisch (doublebass) and Oliver Krammer (drums, percussion).
I was wonder if Michaela and Rober would be able to stand face to face with the genius of Louis Armstrong, but only first tones proved that my doubts were unjustified. Their versions of Armstrong's classics are cheerful, lively and vivid. All instrumentalists play with extraordinary lighteness proving they are consummate masters of their instruments. Let's put your ears on a pulsating doublebass and sexy trumpet sound, not to mention gentle and noble vocals by Michaela who sings without inferiority complex facing Louis Armstrong's greatness.
Austrians pulled their weight and recorded a masterpiece filled up with a dozen or so hits, e.g.
"Mack the Knife", "Hello Dolly", "Big Butter and Egg Man from the West", "What a Wonderful World" etc.
Spirits of world-famous musicians like Kurt Weill, Bertold Brecht, Cole Porter and Maceo Pinkard hovers over this stuff while listening to it, so if you are fans of their talents, this CD should appeal to you.
It's not tedious, but absorbing and catchy jazz virtuosity. I sense sincerity in every single tone they play, so I have no doubt Two Of A Kind deserve your recognition, Dear Readers.
a tribute to Louis Armstrong