From Mozart at the Viennese Opera House to the hills resounding with the sound of music, explore it all with this guide to Austria's finest. It also includes tips on where to sample the best strudels, schnitzels and schnapps.
Few jazz albums released in 2005 have given me as much pleasure as the latest release by Mathias Rüegg's big band. Sure, there has been plenty of nu-jazz, world jazz, third stream and jazz-funk (such as Soulive's Break Out, above), but Swing and Affairs is genuine jazz-jazz. Rüegg, as leader, pianist and composer-arranger of the VAO for nearly three decades, has reinvented the jazz ensemble many times over, but here he demonstrates his effortless mastery of the conventional line-up: four each of trumpets and trombones, five saxes and a rhythm section.