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On 'Vienna and the West,' Gernot Wolfgang creates a hybrid musical language all his own / Mainly Piano

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Subtitled "Groove-Oriented Chamber Music, Vol. 4," Vienna and the West is part of a series of albums by composer Gernot Wolfgang that includes Common Ground (2006), Short Stories (2011) and Grammy-nominated Passing Through (2016). This album is the first of Wolfgang's music that I've heard, so I can't compare it to his previous recordings, but I love that he has created a hybrid genre of sorts that combines modern classical elements with jazz and other styles of music to form a musical language all his own. The eight original compositions on the album are performed on a variety of instruments that include piano, bassoon, strings, clarinet and horn. Overall, I would say that the music is more classical than jazz, but that "groove" element sneaks in quite often, adding an element of fun as well as getting the toes tapping. All of the featured artists contributed stellar performances!

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