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Jade Warrior


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.69 | 126 ratings

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4 stars Jade Warrior was a band that, by its own admission, would stay with one note all day if it came to that. They introduced minimalism to rock music way back in the early 70s, only to discover that the audience did not really have a taste for it yet. They introduced new age elements into rock even before Tangerine Dream or Mike Oldfield, and a good decade before the genre was "born", but the audience just sat back and waited for it to be discovered. They introduced world music into rock well before Paul Simon, but the audience waited for a more sanitized version. "Floating World" was a breakthrough for Jade Warrior in all of these areas, and sounds as fresh or fresher today than it did in 1974.

The best tunes are the ones that blend pastoral woodwinds with sultry rhythms and elements of jazz, in particular "Mountain of fruit and flowers" and "Easty". Then there are the strictly mellow new age forerunners, like the closers "Memories of a Distant Sea" and "Quba". On the way, the Warrior passes through several raucous phases where the influence of Robert Fripp is felt, such as "Red Lotus", while "Monkey Chant", credited as traditional, defies comparison and must be heard.

This is certainly not a perfect album, as it is relatively short for a work that indulges us in such mood setting, and the mind can wander a bit while following some of the movements. Nonetheless, the rating of three and half stars can only be rounded up given the world of music that floats upon the foundation laid by this seminal band.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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