Monday, 13 April 2020
Jade Warrior - Kites (1976)
The sixth album from this British band.
Jade Warrior is a duo of Tony Duhig and Jon Field who has composed the album and does some of the music.
They have got help from numerous musicians who provided violins, electric piano, brass, bass, drums and a string quartet.
Their previous albums was very ambient music. So that was what I expected from this album too.
I was in for a shock.
The band has left the ambient music formula and gone a bit jazzy. The music is indeed jazzy with a lot of avant-garde prog too.
The Asian theme is everywhere in this music. Indeed, there is a lot of Asian classical music here and that long before Jean Michel Jarre exposed the rest of the world to this scene on his live in China album.
The music is in it's core avant-garde prog and that makes this album very different from their previous albums. It is also a bold album and showcases a duo who is more than happy to challenge their listeners. And I feel challenged by this album.
The quality is not good enough as there is some stuff who simply does not work at all. Nevertheless, this is an interesting album and one to check out. I am really glad I got this album in my collection.