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Recorded 1986. Personnel: Edward Vesala (drums, percussion), Esko Heikkinen (trumpet, piccolo trumpet), Pentti Lahti (alto and baritone saxophones, flutes), Jorma Tapio (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute), Tapani Rinne (tenor, soprano saxophones, clarinets), Kari Heinilä (tenor, soprano saxophone, flute), Tom Bildo (trombone, tuba), Iro Haarla (piano, harp), Raoul Björkenheim (guitar), Taito Vainio (accordion), Häkä (bass)

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Vesala had a very distinct and lovely take on free jazz, but this album is more an update of an earlier one than something new 22 Jun. 2014
By Christopher Culver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
LUMI (Finnish for "snow") is an 1986 recording by drummer Edward Vesala and his band Sound and Fury, a rather large ensemble: Esko Heikkinen (trumpet), Pentti Lahti (alto saxophone, flute), Jorma Tapio (alto saxophone, clarinet), Tapani Rinne (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Kari Heinillä (tenor saxophone, flute), Tom Bildo (trombone, tuba), Iro Haarla (piano, harp), Raoul Björkenheim (guitar), Taito Vainio (accordion) and Heikki "Häkä" Virtanen (bass).

This album marked Vesala's return to ECM a decade after his last release for the label, Satu. Only one musician remained from his last appearance, Pentti Lahti. However, the aesthetic remains the same: a sensuous kind of free jazz with an air of ritual, and one tune from long ago reappears in a new guise ("The Wind" off the Nan Madol album). Most of the tracks here have something very distinctive about them, even if the instrumental lines wildly proliferate in the free jazz fashion. "Frozen Melody" opens with a beautiful introduction from Lahti that sounds like mid-period Coltrane. "Calypso Bulbosa" suddenly turns things electric and slightly funky with its electronic drums. "Fingo" bizarrely alludes to marching band music. The closing "Together" puts Björkenheim's electric guitar in the spotlight.

I'd recommend any jazz fan start with NAN MADOL, one of the great ECM albums of the 1970s. If you enjoyed that, then you'll probably enjoy LUMI as well. That said, the album can sometimes seem too much a retread of the earlier classic, just with younger performers.
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Heavy Snow 27 Sept. 2012
By Miksa76 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I felt compelled to write about this album after reading the only review (and the interesting string of it's comments!)

"Lumi" was awarded a crown in Penguin Jazz Guide. We should, however, trust only our own senses and feelings. So I try to give my personal notions on the record.

"The Wind" is a reworking of an earlier tune, first published on "Nan Madol". It starts off with a few well-chosen, sparse notes from piano. The tension stays unresolved until the end. After that, the calm, relaxed "Frozen melody" lightens up the atmosphere. "Lumi" releases the horns singing freely, but the piece never leaves it's deep introspective mood. "Camel walk" is a driving rhythmic piece, with unpredictable percussive accents. "Fingo" is a Finnish tango piece given a jazzy workout.

This music is in many ways "Third stream" jazz: it is closer to modern concert music. Sometimes Vesala's high ambitions as composer seem to smother the melodies. It isn't so much about the complexity, but his unwillingness to let the tensions discharge. Vesala adamantly abandons "swinging" as old-fashioned relic. As his music is thoroughly composed, it also leaves less room for improvisation. Together all these things make some of his music very hard to access.

However, the tonal and timbral qualities are more important than the melodic flow. And when these tone poems open, they show their luminous side. The closer "Together" is a clear evidence of this.

So, I admit that Vesala's music is difficult. Often it requires a concentrated mood and I find it easier to savor in small doses. Also, Sound & Fury sounded arguably a whole different thing in live performances. On stage the music sounded still strong and sinewy, but less constricted. Of all Vesala's albums, I find Invisible Storm (1993) the most accessible. This is largely by the virtue that it is his maybe most relaxed record.

Anyway I give "Lumi" 4 stars. It is a very ambitious effort which undoubtedly has many strong sides.
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Blowing in from the north to blow you away 30 Dec. 2009
By Eric C. Sedensky - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not being the world's biggest fan of free jazz, but always open to new ideas and perspectives, I was excited to pick up a copy of Lumi by Edward Vesala. I don't listen to much free jazz, and I don't have much European jazz in my collection (yet), so this promised to expose me to something different than what I'm used to. I found this to be very powerful music that takes a lot of effort to listen to. It isn't very musical, however, (you won't go away humming any tunes off this work) and after a while, I really just wanted it to stop. They do some interesting things with background noises and strange voices, but in the end, I really wasn't all that impressed. Maybe I shouldn't have listened to this back to back with David Holland's Conference of the Birds, or maybe I just need a better education outside of mainstream jazz. Whatever, if you like free jazz, I'm sure you'll like this recording. It's nothing if not dynamic.
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Lumi Labonte scam funded by Robert Spertell 8 Dec. 2013
By Aaamanda - Published on
Format: Audio CD
FAKE PLASTIC SCIENCE EXPERIMENT.well at Rob and Lumi are having a good time together.Classy couple that works. One is in it for the foolish old Douche's $ and the other is in for Love. Sad pathetic story of stalker in Love.
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