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KUMINA.ORG

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Finland


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Finnish act KUMINA.ORG was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2006 by Ahmed Ahonen (keyboards), Jukka Packalén (bass, guitar) and Matti Kanerva (drums).

In 2007 they issued a freely downloadable 4-track demo,Live at Treenikämppä, and subsequently started working on their debut album. The album was finished in December of 2008, and released in January 2009, bearing the name Entropia. At the same time their now 2 years old demo was withdrawn - for obvious reason.

In April of 2009 Kumina.org expanded, as Fredrik Söderholm (flue, keyboards, percussion) hooked up with the band.

The musical explorations of this band has been compared to acts like Niacin; spiced with elements from artists such as ELP, Gong and Mahavisnu Orchestra.

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Entropia
2009
3.86 | 2 ratings
#euphoria
2014

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 #euphoria by KUMINA.ORG album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 2 ratings

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#euphoria
Kumina.org Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars In 2008 three experienced musicians from Helsinki area released the first album of KUMINA.ORG and it was praised by critics. Soon afterwards the group was put to rest because of members moving to different locations. Each continued playing mostly in the Finnish jazz scene. But the passion of making boundless music with that extraordinary group chemistry never died. "So, one night in June 2014 we got together for a 3-hour jam session, highlights of which are compiled on this 1-hour download only album."

These words might prepare the listener for a half-baked work that doesn't even fully believe in itself. No need for that! In fact it's hard to believe how just one jam session - after several years of playing together - can produce such enjoyable music. Naturally the role of post-production becomes crucial too, but I think the jam-based nature can be heard mostly in a positive way. The music really breathes and radiates that lovely carefree spirit, when the creative locks and brakes are broken down to let everything happen here and now. Pure musical communication between keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Yes, I'm aware how idealized way this is to see music borne from jamming, and that the risk of becoming unfocused, pointless and plain boring is constantly lurking somewhere near. Perhaps it's safe to say that the reception of such music is very personal, not only up to the individual listeners but also up to the mood you're in. Anyway, from that starting point this is a wonderful album.

Some notes on chosen tracks. The opener 'Re:Union' is delicious, jazzier cousin of spacey acid rock à la early 70's PINK FLOYD. On 'Obligatory Blues Jam' the groove is coloured by a superb Moog solo among other things. Reggae-ish beat and the soloing guitar are on focus on the 3rd one. No. 5 gets funky; the hilarious communication especially between electric piano and bass paves way for a gorgeous guitar solo. The slow and soft title track is euphoric indeed; you can imagine flying in the brightness above the clouds. In the end piano citates briefly 'My Way' (the song made famous by Frank Sinatra).

The next track is at first a bit annoying with the angular "takita takadi tadikitato" repetition. At this point the running order is not the best possible... To some degree it's also true that towards the end the album loses some of its happy charm. But this hour contains musical joy and unique personality enough for four stars. Warmly recommended for Fusion lovers!

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 Entropia by KUMINA.ORG album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Entropia
Kumina.org Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Finnish Fusion group KUMINA.ORG recently returned from a long hiatus with a fine new album called #euphoria. [Sad to see that some troll has already given it a one-star rating here, I wonder did he even listen to it...] I start with the debut. At this time they still were a trio, guitarist Jukka Packalén playing also bass. Keyboardist "Ahmed Ahonen" - that's not his real name - has formerly played in prog bands KUHA. and DISCORDIA (both in the Archives).

First off, the worst thing of this album is surely its dull cover design. But the music is far from being dull! It's full of energy, musical joy, colour, melody and groove. Each track has a personality of its own while the entity stays completely coherent. The ninth, 48-second fast and crazy interlude is rather pointless, but maybe it serves as an additional twist. The very lively opening track (the title means 'Another Seven Days') begins as a playground for nearly Wakemanesque keyboard work before turning into hectic and slightly monotonous part that's more or less a drum solo. 'Etydi' has Bach-like melodies and reminds occasionally of JEAN JACQUES LOUSSIER's classical music jazzifications, but expands from that into colourful Fusion.

On each track all the used instruments are named in the order of appearance, giving thus extra pleasure for listeners approaching music from a technical point of view, such as keyboard enthusiasts. Perhaps the album at times gets too technically oriented and intelligent at the cost of emotion (that's one of my favourite words about music reception if you haven't noticed!), but there's always enough accessible melodicism too to maintain the feelings of happiness and good spirit. One might think of Canterbury prog / jazz (e.g. NATIONAL HEALTH and GILGAMESH), even though Kumina.org doesn't have a notable retro feel. They themselves have mentioned NIACIN and MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD as references.

This is very energetic, entertaining and happy Fusion of high technical level. Easily four stars, and if there just were some truly memorable moments of "wow...!" it would be five stars.

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 Entropia by KUMINA.ORG album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Entropia
Kumina.org Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Finnish band Kumina.org opens their discography with a fine and eclectic effort with "Entropia". Recorded in 2008 and issued early 2009, the ten tracks on this effort wanders freely between jazzrock, fusion and symphonic space-tinged rock, with a few detours towards heavy prog landscapes.

Tight rhythms are a constant feature throughout, and the bass line tends to serve as the foundation for the proceedings rather often. The proceeding being wandering piano themes, various forms of guitar excursions as well as (mostly) vintage sounding keyboards and an organ that more often than not seems to be caught in a serious asthma attack. And for those with language concerns: It is an instrumental effort, so no worries.

The compositions are of good quality too, whether the band are exploring typical fusion territories, flirting with Deep Purple or approaching Floydian universes. A few moments of pure brilliance is found too, in the shape of Etydi and Tahdon Asiaa. A strong effort overall, recommended to those who'd like good quality, instrumental art rock with fusion tendencies.

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