Jade Warrior have released not just a good or very good album, but a great album, one that stands along their finest works from the early 1970s. 'Now' is the work of a band discovering itself again, and rediscovering the greatness that was there in the past. It s also a fantastic recording, with an almost analog feel that s rare in the digital realm these days. The music undulates like a banner in the breeze, constantly changing direction and mood. Sturt s fretless bass work is phenomenal, Havard has never sang better, and Field has reached into the cosmos for some of the best flute lines ever laid down in the rock context. Now is one of those rare records from a classic band that can serve equally as introduction or reunion. Get it, and listen. Now. Todd Whitesel --http://classicrockmusicblog.com/.
Jade Warrior return with a top-flight album boasting cinematic dynamics, thoughtful instrumentation and the strategically astute placement of a roster of guest rtists. This collection of songs has warmth, clarity and the power of surprise on its side. Though very different to their classic Island albums, Now is nevertheless a worthy successor to their glory days. --Record Collector Magazine
This 14th album from Jade Warrior sees original vocalist Glyn Havard joining flautist Jon Field and the most recent addition to the band Dave Sturt. There are a few guests on the album too, most notably Theo Travis contributing saxophone on a number of tracks. It is a diverse album combining a range of styles, but initially with a very laid back 3am in the morning feel. Fool and his Bride opens the album and eases you in gently before building into a jazzy workout featuring some sublime bass playing from Sturt and some great saxophone from Travis. Ironically it is 3am Meltdown which marks the change half way through to some more frantic and at times discordant pieces. Jade Warrior are known for their experimentation and with this album they have produced possibly their best work. --Classic Rock Society
JADE WARRIOR Now (2010 UK 10-track CD the fourteenth studio album from the British progressive band digipak picture sleeve with lyric booklet REPUK1129)