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TEN JINN

Crossover Prog • United States


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Founded in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1991

This is a new American band that plays full and complicated prog . The sound is thick and intricate while being melodic and interesting as well. The musicianship is excellent. Stanley Whitaker from HAPPY THE MAN performs a rich Progressive that is all but straightforward. The vocal lines remind of GENTLE GIANT ; as well as the elaborated orchestration, the multiple breaks and other ruptures evoke HAPPY THE MAN.

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As on a Darkling PlainAs on a Darkling Plain
Inside Out U.S. 1999
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2.25 | 4 ratings
Wildman
1997
3.79 | 29 ratings
As On A Darkling Plain
1999
2.29 | 12 ratings
Alone
2003
3.85 | 21 ratings
Sisyphus
2017
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ziggy Blackstar - A Tribute To David Bowie
2018

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 Ziggy Blackstar - A Tribute To David Bowie by TEN JINN album cover Studio Album, 2018
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Ziggy Blackstar - A Tribute To David Bowie
Ten Jinn Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
5 stars It's probably best to let singer and keyboard player John Paul Strauss describe the rationale behind this album. 'During the time we were working on the most recent Ten Jinn release, 'Sisyphus', came the very sad news about the passing of David Bowie. At the time (though we were very busy with working on the album and dealing with the upcoming release in 2017) I suggested to the other Ten Jinn members that as soon as 'Sisyphus' was completed, we should record a David Bowie tribute record before preparing for live shows or recording the next Ten Jinn record, 'Worlds (the Four Worlds of the Hopi)'. While I was very excited about the prospect of playing live again and getting on to 'Worlds' (I even completed the first draft of the score) I felt very strongly about taking this detour in order to pay my respects to an artist, who was probably the single most important influence in my development as a musician in general and vocalist in particular.'

I can't be the only person who never expected an album like this from Ten Jinn. Since their second album, 1999's 'As On A Darkling Plain', they have cemented a reputation as one of the most interesting progressive rock bands around, so a Bowie tribute album isn't exactly what one would expect. There haven't been many progressive bands who have recorded whole albums of covers (Dream Theater of course taking it to the extreme by re-recording complete albums, often very well indeed), let alone of music that us so far away from what one would expect.

What I also found interesting was the track selection, as while of course there are many hits, there are also many missing which one may expect on a collection like this, such as 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Space Oddity', 'Suffragette City', 'Rebel Rebel', 'Young Americans' etc. There is the feeling that here is a very personal collection, one that has a collective cohesiveness which works incredibly well. What I really enjoyed about the album is that although they have stayed close to the originals, they have also allowed themselves to put their own stamp on the songs. They have played it fairly straight, and consequently it has worked exactly as it was supposed to, namely as a tribute.

One of the real stand outs has to be 'Dead Man Walking', which originally featured on the 1997 album 'Earthling'. While much focus will be on the wonderful acoustic guitars, funky percussion or superb vocals, what really makes this such an essential song is the wonderful fretless bass which adds so much class, warmth and emotion to it. Strauss's vocals throughout are exemplary, and the whole band sound as if they have been performing Bowie songs their whole lives, such is the skill and joy they bring to this collection. This is a must for any lover of Bowie, as rarely is his material treated with such care.

 Sisyphus by TEN JINN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.85 | 21 ratings

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Sisyphus
Ten Jinn Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars Formed in 1991 by John-Paul Strauss and Jimmy Borel Ten Jinn has seen the band live many line-up changes, but John-Paul is back for this new release. The band has adopted a symphonic style after their first album and in this one they have gone even further in that direction. Strauss has studied in theory and composition which results in this symphonic poem "Sisyphus" composed for piano and orchestra. It's a 26 minutes song close to classical music and they included here the instrumental version which is very logic considering the classical approach in structure and arrangements. If you enjoy the band Enid, you will enjoy this one as well, and won't get bored a minute here.
 As On A Darkling Plain by TEN JINN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.79 | 29 ratings

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As On A Darkling Plain
Ten Jinn Crossover Prog

Review by infandous

2 stars Hilarious!!!

Man, I listened to this album with a friend of mine and I laughed harder than I have in a long time (as did she). Don't get me wrong, this isn't a terrible album. The musicianship is high, the compositions are fairly well thought out and arranged, and the recording quality is pretty good. But man, does John Paul Strauss take himself seriously? In some ways this is almost a parody of prog. An elaborate, grandiose 40 minute epic with suitably overblown titles for each section. Some complex playing and somewhat varied instrumentation. All based on an Ann Rice vampire book. I was expecting something kind of dark and menacing. Instead, I get a fairly bouncy composition, with some darker parts that border on the ridiculous, filled to the brim with Strauss' odd baritone. There is just something about the melodies and vocals on this album that I find humorous. And the pictures in the booklet..........well, lets just say they add to the only enhance the absurdity of it all. Now, most prog heads will notice that Stan Whitaker plays on this album. I really can't imagine what prompted him to do this gig, but it doesn't really matter since it's pretty hard to tell he is on here. The few times where I hear a distinct guitar solo, it doesn't strike me as his better work. The other tracks on the album are quite similar musically to the epic, and are mostly even more ridiculous. I mean, writing a song about a rock? Seriously, the song Rock conveys the inner thoughts of........a rock. Wow. I can only assume this was meant to be funny, which makes me think that maybe the whole album is meant to be funny? If so, they don't announce it.

Anyway, on the whole, this is probably not really worth your time. It can be quite funny, and the music is not exactly terrible. As I said before, these are good musicians who play well together. The compositions, while not varying much in style, are well enough written and sometimes are borderline adventurous (mostly in the 40 minute epic). For myself, I may pull it out again if I need a good laugh. I rate it two stars purely on musical terms, but from what I can tell it is their best album so "fans" probably have it already. If you really just want to take a wild chance on a fairly obscure purchase, or are a rabid Stan Whitaker fan and must have everything he ever played on, then you may want this in your collection. Otherwise, scratch this one off your list.

 Alone by TEN JINN album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.29 | 12 ratings

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Alone
Ten Jinn Crossover Prog

Review by hdfisch
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This album was the first and only one I listened to from that band so far. To describe the music that is played here, well I would call it some kind of AOR stuff merged with a touch of Alternative Metal. Overall it's more rocking than it is progressive. But the point, that the vocal skills of singer John Paul Strauss (who's claiming to be related to the famous Austrian composer family) are obviously not very high even sounding shrill sometimes is putting its value even more down..

There are no real highlights to report about. Songs that are a bit (at least in parts) outstanding of the rest are Legend Of Green, which is an instrumental with keyboards and acoustic parts and How It Goes sounding like a kind of Symphonic Art-Rock blended with Prog-Metal. Of course there some inevitable ballads present like What Are You Gonna Do starting with acoustic guitar and I'll Be There containing a rather good guitar solo.

As a SUMMARY I'd like to say that the material presented on here is definitively not sufficient to recommend this album to anyone with some advanced demands, especially not to people who are into more intricate Prog. There are much better alternatives in Art Rock to this one.

 As On A Darkling Plain by TEN JINN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.79 | 29 ratings

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As On A Darkling Plain
Ten Jinn Crossover Prog

Review by Hibou
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars When I first heard this album, I couldn't quite put my finger on what I found so familiar with it while at the same time it sounded so unique. Blending hard rock, medieval folk and QUEEN-like choruses so shamelessly surely took some guts and I figured I had to grant the CD a few more spins. The results were well worth it as there are mighty strong tunes, here, some solid musicianship and some incredible melodies; even the slightly abrasive vocals fit in somehow (John Paul Strauss sounds like a cross between Michael Sadler and Peter Hammill). Finally, the church organ, the harpsichord and choruses give the album an especially haunting feel.

The best part is by far the epic title track, an 8-piece suite of energetic rock that ends with "Run Away", a track which features a strong SAGA-like instrumental break. I also hear traces of JETHRO TULL and GENESIS on many of these tracks but especially on the bouncy "Byzantine Fire" (reminiscent of "Trick of the Tail"). As for the track "Darkling Plain" itself, it is as perfect a blend of JETHRO TULL and HAPPY THE MAN as you're likely to hear. Come to think of it, I heard HAPPY THE MAN just about all over the album (especially on "I Can't See"), albeit a much rockier version of them.

If you give iit a chance to grow on you, you'll find "As on a Darkling Plain" an arresting album. It assails you with choppy beats and almost gothic vocals, then wraps you up with magnificent symphonic movements. It definitely makes me want to seek out TEN JINN's other material.

 As On A Darkling Plain by TEN JINN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.79 | 29 ratings

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As On A Darkling Plain
Ten Jinn Crossover Prog

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The progressive symphonic rock band TEN JINN was founded in 1991. Their second album, partly influenced by the Anne Rice's vampire books "The Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned", is released on the Swedish label Record Heaven. Their complex music is a mixture of GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT, GLASS HAMMER, JETHRO TULL,QUEEN, SAGA and SPOCK'S BEARD, with a powerful singer, backed up by excellent backing vocals. The ex-HAPPY THE MAN guitarist Stan Whitaker is doing a guest appearance. The album has strong melodies, an outstanding production with great dynamics, skilful song writing and many instrumental passages. The highlights are the 40-minute title track "As On A Darkling Plain" and "I can't see". This could be a future classic. Highly recommended!

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