From Mykonos to Madrid

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From Mykonos to Madrid, by way of Phoenix, which is where guitar-playing brothers Thano Sahnas and Demitri Sahnas are from. Better known as lead guitarist and bassist for the local world music collective Turning Point, the Sahnas brothers both play classical-style acoustic guitar on this side project. However, the geographic title shouldn't be taken to literally, since the closest the brothers come to exploring their Greek heritage is a respectful version of the main theme from Zorba the Greek. (Continuing the '60s kitsch theme are covers of the familiar "Classical Gas" and "Tico Tico.") The brothers are talented guitarists; a showoffy high-speed run at the climax of "Thanatopsis" is only one of many exhibitions of their skill levels. However, they prove to be mediocre songwriters, making the album top-heavy with pleasant but uninspired covers of familiar classical guitar showcases, such as the Brazilian standard "Manha de Carnaval." From Mykonos to Madrid is enjoyable enough, but it's awfully lightweight.

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