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Vienna Art Orchestra: Swing & Affaris

This CD features a cross-section of the good, the bad and the ugly. You’ll see a listing that includes Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss and Erik Satie but that’s misleading. The composer-arranger that dominates is Mathias Rüegg, conductor of the Vienna Art Orchestra since its inception as a small combo in 1977 and its driving force since that combo grew into a 17-piece monster in ’88. This album has a restlessness that tends to clothe beautiful melodies in unmotivated dissonances and accompany great solos with ugly distortions.

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