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22 Dec 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Dec. 2008
  • Label: Chris Haigh
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Chris Haigh
  • Total Length: 55:21
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  • ASIN: B002EKL6BG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,379 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Hewitt on 7 Oct. 2008
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this is a fantatic album, that welds, each period of JW together.
the vertigo years meet the classic island albums and then the independent releases.
with glyn back in the band it's moved on but is still so JW.
world meets ethnic jazz with some great heavy overtones, dave,s bass playing is awesome, all tied together by john.
words mean nothing, this is music buy it and listen.
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I'm a different kind of reviewer here. I'd read about Jade Warrior in Sound on Sound, in the '80s, and was put off by how expensive the albums were. It wasn't the money so much as the principle! Consequence: I hadn't heard a bar of it until a few days ago (unless unknowingly and by accident). Imagine my surprise and delight then, as a basically intelligent and cultured muso!

What particularly grabs my about these guys, apart from the evident beauty of the music, is the way they have stuck to an agenda (the whole Jade Warrior thing) despite the years. I don't really have a point of reference for judging this album vis-a-vis albums from the '70s, and just hear first class music-making. They sound like a band full steam ahead with the Jade Warrior agenda and I'm assuming there will be more albums as good as this. Hope so!
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By eurocrank on 10 Jun. 2009
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After finishing high school abroad, I came back to Oklahoma, took a chance on "Last Autumn's Dream" in the college record store, and stayed far afield. It was fall, and the first three Vertigo albums perfectly fit my mood--my wandering and wondering, the colors and smells of the season, the coolness of the air, the evenings. The Island records took me even further.

I still remember my disappointment at "Horizen": I wrote a couple of postcards to the band at the time complaining about this "movie soundtrack" music, which seemed such a debasement from what I'd been experiencing, and gave up on them. I didn't even know that "At Peace" existed until the CD age and I'd bought "Breathing the Storm" and "Distant Echoes."

In retrospect, I like "Horizen" exactly for what it is, a soundtrack with some wonderful guitar playing. I've often listened to "At Peace" because it represents and brings about peace. Both of these albums have a focus that the following albums lack.

Including "Now." Tony Duhig is terribly missed, the drama being supplied by Havard. If there's a problem with "Jade Warrior," "Released," and "Last Autumn's Dream," in my opinion, it's Havard's hard rock songs like 'Joanne' or 'Snakebite.' By another band, on other albums, they would have their place, but in this context it's a bit like 'Anarchy in the UK' appearing on "Veedon Fleece." Havard's anger and criticism, his relationship problems, seem out of place among the nature koans of 'Dragonfly Day,' 'Bride of Summer,' and 'Dark River.'

While "Now" is more integrated than those first three albums, it has that flaw. I keep waiting for the album to get itself together--the pieces of each song, the tempo shifts, the hard rock and the atmospherics.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Majestic Return of the Warrior 15 July 2008
By Oliasdoug - Published on
Jade Warrior, for unjustifiable reasons, have been and remain one of the Best Kept Secrets in the annals of Progressive Rock, World Music, Jazz Fusion, New Age, & Avant-Garde/Experimental Music. They deserve SO much more in the way of international exposure & accolades from the music community; and we who love their music can only hope that the world finally, eventually takes notice of their utterly unique, hypnotic hybrid of music that, to say the very least, has an other-worldly feel to it. I've sometimes wondered what distant, glowing green planet Jon Field, Glyn Havard, & the late GREAT Tony Duhig came from!

We who've followed their music over the years have been long anticipating the release of this, their newest recording...and speaking for myself, I can state with a definite degree of certainty that long-time fans of the Warrior will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. I received the CD from their website in the mail yesterday, listened to it through headphones last night, and started an Email to my fellow Warriors. The transcript follows:

"Hey guys...
I am writing to let you know I am listening to the new Jade Warrior CD
called NOW, for the first time, as I type this. I will give you my immediate
impressions of the songs as I hear them.
1. FOOL AND HIS BRIDE: Jazzy! Acoustic bass, tenor sax, sultry vocals from Glyn,
builds to a very cool climax. 7:36
2. JOURNEY: Beautiful! A little faster-paced, very new age sounding, some cool
acoustic guitar, mellotron-sounding keyboards, soprano sax. 5:52
3. LOST BOYS: WAY cool! Shuffling beat, more cool keyboards, treated harmony
vocals, some cool lead guitar. 7:05
4. TALL TREES: Starts with wind chimes, the sound of a LARGE insect buzzing,
then fretless bass, Fender Rhodes, sampled cello, very
interesting time signature--can't get a grip on it yet. VERY psychedelic
sounding! 3:56
5. FLOATING MOON: Crosses over from previous track into this also psychedelic
sounding instrumental with tanpura (the droning instrument heard
in the background of sitar music), layered flutes, very trippy! 2:18
6. 3AM MELTDOWN: Crosses over from previous track, here they move into previous
"avant-garde-heavy metal" territory in the style of "Snake,"
"Joanne," "3-Horned Dragon King," etc. Very other-worldly sounding with some
cool distorted fuzz guitar, soprano sax, trippy keyboards, & very
angry vocals from Glyn. 4:21
7. TRUE LOVE: Starts with odd percussion sounds, fretless bass harmonics, more
sultry, multi-tracked vocals from Glyn, very cool 4/4 drum beat,
slowly builds in intensity, adding some great electric guitar power
chording, ends dramatically! 5:47
8. TALISMAN: Nice-sounding ballad in Glyn's old style, nice 3/4 drum beat,
acoustic guitar, piano, Jon's triple-tracked flutes--the thought comes to
mind that if they were wanting to reach a larger audience, they could do a
cool video for this & maybe put it on VH-1. Accessible-sounding track
without sounding like they sold out. 3:05
9. SCREAMING DREAMS: Opening vocal intro very similar to their "Soldier's Song"
(<--I think that's the title) from the REFLECTIONS album. Fast-
paced with tone-defeated vocals, Glyn doing rapid-style vocalizing...this
almost sounds like it could have come from the RELEASED album. A
very dissonant, angry-sounding song, a cross between jazz and more
avant-garde heavy metal. 4:54
10. EVERYTHING MUST PASS: Soft-sounding beginning with Glyn's 3-part vocals and
a Latin beat a la WAY OF THE SUN, leading into kind of a
Latin "big-band" sound with layered keyboards & saxophones, finally fading
into silence. 6:04

JON FIELD: Flutes, percussion, keyboards
GLYN HAVARD: Vocals, additional guitar
DAVE STURT: Basses, percussion, keyboards
Joined by:
TIM STONE: Guitars
With additional help from:
GOWAN TURNBULL: Layered Saxes, Contrabass Clarinet
BRIAN IMIG: Remiclud*

*took me a minute to figure that one out. It's "dulcimer" spelled backwards.


Well, color me impressed! My first impression is WOW, VERY good, Jade
Warrior is back! This is an uber-cool, very well-produced & well-executed album
& one that I think Tony Duhig would be very proud of...I can envision him in
Heaven saying, "Good job, chaps." The engineering is also top-notch--every
instrument on here (especially the DRUMS) sounds great. I could not recommend
this more highly--a VERY worthy addition to Jade Warrior's already impressive
library of music. Is sure to appeal to fans of progrock, jazz, & lovers of
avant-garde & experimental music."

When Glyn worked with Tony's brother, guitarist David Duhig a few years ago (under the moniker Dogstar Poets) speculation began as to whether a Jade Warrior reunion was in the works. This current version of the band is a fantastic answer to our prayers. The CD is a jewel in their crown, a work of art that anyone can tell was tended to lovingly before its release into the material world. The production & engineering is flawless, absolutely crystal clear. Jon's flute-isms are as wonderful as always; Glyn's voice, sounding obviously more mature these days, STILL comes across in its alternately lilting and powerfully-growling manner. We simply could not have hoped for a better album in the way of a Jade Warrior Of The New Millennium. God bless Jon & Glyn and their flawless coterie of supporting musicians for doing an impeccable job of carrying on with the true spirit of the Warrior.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Must buy for Jade Warrior fans 3 Dec. 2008
By James A. Woronow - Published on
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Very nice! For all those who felt that Jade Warrior was dead this is a resurrection of sorts. This CD is somewhere between Last Autumn's Dreams and Waves. The score is great and reminiscent of their musical albums. Words are sung by a more mature and spiritual voice of Glyn Havard. Jon Field's flutes are soft and buttery.
If I have one critique it would be that this should have been a two CD set; one with lyrics and one without.
Everyone who enjoyed the Jade Warrior of the 70's will be delighted by this effort. Much better than the Dogstar Poets IMHO.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Must-have for Warrior fans 27 April 2013
By TPat - Published on
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This is a must-have album for any Jade Warrior fan out there. I have followed them off and on since the early days, and figured with the passing of Tony Duhig that the band would quietly fade away. Not so the case, the new millenium's "Distant Echoes" is a very good album, and now with the release of "Now", we find the band at the apex of sonic maturity. The writing and production on this album is superb, and with the return of Glyn Havard on vocals, it kind-of takes you back to "Last Autmn's Dream", only more jazzy and sophisticated. Very good guitar work from Tim Stone, and ,of course, excellent saxophone work by the great Theo Travis who seems to be cropping-up in just about everybody's band these days. Buy it, Hear it, Dig it!
A Welcome Return: Older, Wiser and Better 12 July 2010
By Rik K - Published on
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There were two distinct Jade Warrior bands. The early version on Vertigo Records was a prog-rock outfit with the rock vocals and lyrics of Glyn Havard. The second, better-known Jade Warrior recorded for Island Records and was an all-instrumental duo that practically invented New Age music. Although later Jade Warrior always included enough smart-sounding jazz and World influences to never be as bland as New Age typically is.

This latest album is an incredible blending of both Jade Warriors! Singer Glyn Havard is back for the first time since 1973. The result is very mature, innovative and fresh sounding music that includes the best aspects of both versions of the band. The guys make use of modern technologies, but always in subtly pleasing ways. The jazz influences are very evident, and Jon Field's flute choruses are used in the way other artists would use keyboards; only it sounds way better and quite stunningly beautiful as only Field can be. There is a bit of rock on the album, but it sounds very tasteful and mature; and is used for occasional effect rather than as a foundation.

This music is far more original and exciting than the rather bland cover art and song titles would suggest. The guys of Jade Warrior may be old now, but they've made a very contemporary-sounding album that is one of the best new Progressive efforts I've heard in a very long time. Most highly recommended.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Awful in Any Genre 13 Jun. 2009
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If you, like me, are a die-hard Jade Warrior fan, avoid this half-baked album like the nauseating spoilage it is. I knew it would have lyrics. I knew it was a further foray into cool jazz, whatever that is now. What I was not prepared for was the bait and switch musical style. After some attempted bee-bop lyrics, you are taken very briefly to that mystic musical space we all enjoy on the earlier masterworks. Then, suddenly, it is cruelly pulled away as the lyrics return, get stupider and stupider and the band tries to sound punkish through inane growls. Apparently, Jon Field has forgotten everything he ever learned about composition, since the album has no "flow", just a series of kidney-stones to be passed. The crowning insult is the last cut, Everything Must Pass, which offers the amazing revelation, "Everything must pass/nothing ever lasts".

Memo to Field and Co: You can_not_sing. If you simply must have lyrics, at least hire someone who can carry a tune in a bucket. It's a pity cool-jazz maestro John Martyn has died, his voice would have at least made some of this tolerable.
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