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Mats/Morgan Band: Live

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Keyboardist Mats Öberg and drummer Morgen Ågren--known as much for their musical brilliance as they are for their devotion to the music of Frank Zappa--are at their hyperactive best on this remastered recording from Stockholm's Club Fasching in 1999. Six pieces by Ågren and five by Öberg comprise this all-original set that shows quite a bit more variety and showmanship than might be expected from a pair of former child prodigies immersed in the world of strange and difficult music.

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Mats/Morgan Band: Live

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In their teens, drummer Morgan Ågren and keyboardist Mats Öberg were invited to perform with Frank Zappa and, as the story goes, the Swedish duo formed this phenomenal ensemble that exercised a jaw-dropping mode of execution within the progressive-rock schema, amid some Zappa and jazz-centric influences. Revered for its otherworldly approach to the genre and superior technical faculties, Mats/Morgan Band is known for its exhilarating live performances and manifold approach to composition. Agren is an in-demand session artist, ...

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Mats/Morgan Band: Thanks For Flying With Us

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The Mats/Morgan band is centered around child prodigies Mats Oberg and Morgan Ägren, who worship at that altar of American composer and cult icon Frank Zappa. Oberg, who by the age of three was singing, playing keyboards, and listening to Miles Davis, would later hone a palette that would include progressive rock and funk. Ägren is a percussionist who began at age four with a penchant for Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich. They met and started their collaboration in 1981 ...


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