It isn't easy to define the music of Jade Warrior. At times they sound like Jethro Tull, but they often venture into jazz-fusion, & then again into an ethnic influence involving primitive percussion sounds, & just to totally confuse matters they sometimes drift into an oriental love ballard. The sheer diversity of their music & the fact that they arose from 1970,[& being well ahead of their time], made them somewhat unique & they remain so even to this day.
Those familiar with an early style called acid rock will enjoy the way-out electric guitar style of the late Tony Duhig especially on the track "Minnamoto's Dream". The Jethro Tull likeness can be heard from the beginning on "Three-Horned Dragon King" the opening track, & again on "Eyes on You",-but there the similarity with other bands ends-,while the beautiful "Bride of Summer" & "Yellow Eyes" have a tranquil far eastern air. The light rock song "Reason to Believe" provides a not so serious interlude before the 14 minute long "Barazinbar" which has an exotic African sounding rhythm that becomes totally hypnotic until it dissipates into a free jazz-like jam, & to round the album off with a bizzare twist "Minnamoto's Dream" reoccurs with a slightly different ending.
It would be fair to say that about half of this album rocks, in the style of the early seventies, and I mean IT ROCKS, the rest of the music is a unique blend of jazz & ethnic influences as well as some oriental themes & a touch of psychadelic. This amazingly diverse & musically rich combination was produced largely by the band's three main members during their early years, Jon Field's flute & percussion,& Glyn Havard's vocal's & bass, together with Tony Duhig's guitar made Jade Warrior a group apart from most other bands at a time when many musical barriers were being broken.
I recommend "Released" as an introduction to Jade Warrior & to anyone wanting to hear a fine example of the band's earlier work.