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The Mats/Morgan Band: Thanks for Flying With Us

Swedish multi-instrumentalists Mats Oberg and Morgan Agren mix funky, groove-oriented influences with aspects of trance, rock, jam band and 4/4 jazz on Thanks for Flying With Us. The 16-track CD contains studio and live cuts, and the best pieces are those where East and Western elements share space. These cuts include “Allan in the Rain” where Turkish reed player Ismet Demirhan’s whirling, emphatic playing on the zurna (a double-reed instrument) elevates an otherwise good but unspectacular arrangement. By comparison, both the band and soloist Johan Soderkvis on klaviharp (a combination cembalo and clavinet) are animated and energized during “Softma.”

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