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8 Armed Monkey

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Finnish accordion daredevil Kimmo Pohjonen joins with Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto (of King Crimson) forming the group KTU (pronounced “K2”). This, their second album, follows their live debut, 8 Armed Monkey, and was recorded in Texas and Helsinki, Finland. It features Samuli Kosminen, of Icelandic band MuM, and three tracks mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven ... Read more in Amazon's KTU Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rockadillo
  • ASIN: B000AGK9QO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen (from Finnish duo Kluster) and Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn (from King Crimson and duo TU) join forces for the double duo formation KTU (pronounced K2). Seeds for KTU took root at SXSW in Austin Texas in March 1999 when Pohjonen shared a billing with Mastelotto/Gunn/Fripp's Project Three at the Electric Lounge. Plans for the quartet took shape over the next five years. KTU’s aim is to combine the creative energies, edge, imagination and other elements of the double duos to make something new, different and musically explosive. Material is mainly comprised of compositions by Pohjonen and Kosminen, plus pieces by Gunn and Mastelotto and arrangements and improvisations by all four. Surround sound design and additional effects by Heikki Iso-Ahola. KTU rehearsals and the World Premiere concert took place in Helsinki at the venue Nosturi in April 2004, followed by four concerts in Tokyo at Eggman. All concerts were recorded on multi-track for this CD release. Kimmo Pohjonen (accordion, voice) / Samuli Kosminen (accordion samples and voice samples) / Trey Gunn (Warr guitar) / Pat Mastelotto (rhythmic devices).

BBC Review

Anyone who'switnessed Kimmo Pohjonen - often lazily referred top as Finland's Hendrix of the accordion - will attest to his power to shock. His performances are equal parts art installation, virtuoso showcase and shamanistic ritual: Brooding, muttering hypnotic maelstroms that conjur up Jungian memory and dread in spades. So how does this translate into the two-dimensional world of the CD? Previous recorded work, while undeniably fearsome, has tended to leave you with a feeling that only with the aid of a DVD player would you get the full picture. However KTU's 8 Armed Monkey has no such shortcomings.

Working with sampler Samuli Kosminen and King Crimson rhythm buddies, Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn, it appears that a more democratic approach has broadened Kimmo's palette accordi(o)ngly. This album contains noises that no simple squeezebox was ever meant to make! Recorded in Japan, Monkey...bubbles with menace (especially on Pohjonen's solo composition ''Optikus'') while retaining a digital clarity that allows Gunn's soaring Warr guitar lines to add a new level of yearning sadness. Pohjonen's very personal brand of voodoo really benefits from such a setting. Maybe the world is finally ready for Finnish prog-folk! --Chris Jones

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Chumley Warner on 14 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I got this one because it features the stunning rhythm duo of Pat Mastellotto and Trey Gunn, ex-King Crimson. The last version of King Crimson, a quartet comprised of Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Pat Mastellotto and Trey Gunn, really gave these two guys a chance to shine in a way that was obscured in the double trio version of Crim.

So when I saw this cd I just went for it on these grounds. At first I was disappointed as the whole thing just sort of lumbered along with Trey Gunn only apparently adding the odd bit here and there. It was only after a couple of repeated listenings that I got to grips with it.

The whole album is 100% live and improvised and works well, some of the solos are very impressive.

One to get if you are looking for something a bit different that has obvious quality all the way through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toad Man Gung on 5 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Agree with Mr. Warner, this is a very fine debut from the accordion madman Pohjonen and the King Crimson guys Gunn and Mastelotto, plus Samuli Kosminen from the band MuM. However, contrary to Mr. Warner's claims, only half the album is improvised. Pieces such as "Optikus" and "Absinthe" are actual compositions and, in fact, rip heads off of torsos. Very recommended.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A wild & crazy trip - great stuff! 29 Sept. 2005
By spiral_mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Take one accordion/sampling duo with a penchant for electronic effects and unclassifiable weirdness; add one beastly rhythm section known for pushing boundaries whenever possible. Combine, shake & stir, sit back and fasten your seat belt.

KTU - pronounced K2 - is the combined forces of TU (Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto) and Kluster (Samuli Kosminen and Kimmo Pohjonen). Some of their musical personalities might be familiar to some of us, but that can't prepare you for the melting pot that is 8-Armed Monkey. This is a surreal mix of semi-avant-garde, world-beat and jazz that manages the rare trick of being innovative throughout but always listenable.. and it's one of the most addictingly forward-thinking albums I've heard in a good long while. If you've ever wondered how King Crimson's ProjeKcts would have turned out if they'd gone tribal rather than electronic, or what a Jaco Pastorius/Mickey Hart/John Zorn collaboration might have sounded like in some parallel universe, here's your chance. Don't let the accordion scare you off - I'm not that fond of the instrument either, but this is the first project where I've been able to listen to it without being reminded of polka or klezmer music. That alone is a treat.

If there's any reference point at all for this stuff, it's either Can (think Ege Bamyasi/Tago Mago) or electric Miles Davis (circa Agharta and Pangaea). This disc covers a blizzard of moods & tones, but always has a perpetual organic rhythm underlying everything.. it grooves endlessly, but shifts and morphs so well it doesn't get boring or repetitive for one second. While Samuli and Pat keep the rhythm/sample pot boiling over, the others are busy stretching out with any random idea they can think of. Trey's Warr guitar work ranges from supple bass to sweet fuzzy guitar sounds, always dead-on perfect for what's needed at any given moment. Pat has described Kimmo as "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion," and one listen to "Absinthe" will confirm that for anyone who doubts. He squeezes nuances out of the instrument almost in the manner of a human voice, making it cry and sing like Hendrix or Jeff Beck at their most scorching.

One of the best things I can say about 8AM is that it works on a few eclectic levels. It's easy to listen to right away (the grooves are addictive in the extreme), but there are layers upon layers that'll keep creeping out for a long time. It covers a whole lot of ground (dark, peaceful, simple, frenetic, beautiful, chaotic) but never loses its own identity.. and that identity is truly in a league all its own. If you like Miles or King Crimson's more improvisational stuff, or just feel like something new & adventurous, then you want this album. You just might not realize it yet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Intrincate, profound, avant-gardish... 27 July 2007
By Juan F. Masse Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The real 8 armed monkey is the monster rhythm section: Gunn as a humble but absolutely brilliant virtuoso brain and Masteloto setting new standards for drummers. Pohjonen is one of the most pleasant surprises I've ever had in my life. I saw KTU in concert here in Mexico City and Kimmo almost brought me to tears in one of the songs. One wishes that this music could last forever...
Accordians and Trey Gunn. Questions? 3 Feb. 2013
By B. Kemper - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know Trey Gunn, it is likely from his stint in King Crimson as Warr Guitar player. And if you know that much, you know he is a virtuoso player who fits easily in that sky-high major league which includes people like Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford and on and on. KTU (pronounced K2, like the mountain), is a bit out there musically. Think about some of King Crimson's more adventurous material--side two of "Three of A Perfect Pair" being a good example. Now imagine it played by Gunn along with Pat Mastelato, Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen. As Wikipedia explains, "Kimmo and Samuli formed Kluster in 2001. Both award-winning musicians are known as adventurers in their respective fields and their partnership takes accordion music to new and unexplored territory. On stage, Kosminen reproduces samples of Pohjonen's accordion and voice percussively by way of electronic drum pads. Samuli also drums with Icelandic band MUM, and other recent Kluster collaborations include Uniko and the Kronos Quartet". So this music is not for the musically timid, but for those who like some adventure, strap in and hang on. This is great stuff.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Isn't the band's best work....... 30 May 2013
By R.Engels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Disappointing to say the least.
I would recommend fans to watch the band on You Tube rather than waste their money on this disc.
Doesn't reflect the professional talent of ANY of the members of the band.
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