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Cuneiform: Mats/Morgan – The Music or The Money? / Dieses Wochenende für FIVE

„..influenced by Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Earth, Wind & Fire. (They are) tight and precise and seem capable of playing absolutely anything with great gusto…the Mats/Morgan men integrate everything and make it their own.“ – Audiophile Audition // „Voted the #1 ‚fusion‘ drummer in the 2010 Modern Drummer reader’s poll: Morgan Agren“

“I am floored by their ability to legitimately execute everything from light jazz to super-human staggered 16th note hell to the most violent Pantera-like machine-gun groove to overly-complex synclavier Zappa music… This band can do everything; and it’s just two weird guys from Sweden.”
– Ink 19

 

Mats Oberg (keyboards) and Morgan Agren (drums) first began playing together over 35 years ago (!!) when Mats was 11 and Morgan was 15. Originally very influenced by Frank Zappa, they actually played with Zappa in 1988, but while some of the Zappa influence remains, they have long since found their own voices.

The Music or the Money? was the second album by Mats/Morgan, which was originally self-released in 1997 and only available at their shows. The album showcases two different halves to the musician’s work; spontaneous playing on compositions and improvisations by the duo with and without additional musicians and, as a sort of stylistic counterpoint to that, music that relies on heavily programmed electronic materials, in the vein of Frank Zappa’s synclavier works – it remains Mats‘ favorite album by the group.

Both are top drawer players, but their music is not simply a chops-fest of blurred, fast notes – there is a lot of humor and restraint mixed into the virtuosity, which gives them a unique sound. This new edition of The Music or The Money? adds over 45′ of unreleased material, all of which features the current version of the Mats/Morgan Band; Mats, Morgan and bassist Gustaf Hielm, who was the bassist of technical metal legends Meshuggah for many years.

released May 18, 2010

1) Click this album link: https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-or-the-money-2
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4) Type the word „FIVE“ into the Discount code field.
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