(All Album Reviews by NogbadTheBad)
Lumina is a collaboration between three veteran Brazilian jazz musicians, Johny Murata (guitars & synths), Sizao Machado (bass) & Fabio Fernandes (drums). They play a free-style improvisation based form of instrumental jazz primarily focused on Johny Murata's guitar. The album was the output of two experimental jam recording sessions for guitar & drums, later Machado was invited to join the group to add bass to the recordings.
Murata's guitar tone & playing style is very reminiscent of Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin. They are all very clearly excellent musicians and adept at developing interweaving highly intricate improvisation patterns.
The major problem I have with the album is that it sounds exactly as they describe it, two guys experimenting in a studio to see what they could come up with. A friend of mine claims most of my progressive collection contains an excess of "noodling", he would have a meltdown listening to this album. Each of the tracks, while exquisitely played, does not seem to know where it is going and would have benefited for another few sessions in the studio to provide more structure and direction.
If you are looking for improvisation based, free-style jazz executed by technically expert musicians then this album will be worthy of investigation. If you find Holdsworthian guitar tone hard on the ears or want some structure in your instrumental jazz fusion music it would probably be better to look elsewhere.