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Album Review

After a lengthy hiatus of almost ten years, Jon Field put together a new version of Jade Warrior and recorded Breathing the Storm. It was released in 1994 on the European label Red Hot and was deleted shortly afterward. In 2001 Blueprint reissued a remastered version with new artwork. Breathing the Storm marks a departure from earlier material. The death of founding member Tony Duhig prior to the recording sessions led remaining founder Jon Field to drop the exotic percussion side of Jade Warrior. Some light drum programming was used, but otherwise very little percussion is involved, a change fans will notice immediately. The music on this album was inspired by chaos theory, which states that the smallest disturbance can cause much bigger effects. Synthetic and airborne, it glides softly. The instrumentation includes mainly keyboards, Field's flutes and EWI, Colin Henson's MIDI guitar, and Dave Sturt's fretless bass. Some bird and wind recordings add to the already existing new age colors. If Jade Warrior was once a progressive rock outfit, Breathing the Storm has very little to do with the genre, except for its polished arty quality. All tracks segue and there are no disrupting moments. It's a well-produced album full of soothing melodies, but no surprises. It will please fans of Gandalf. Prog fans will find something more substantial on the band's subsequent release Different Echoes. ~ François Couture, Rovi

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Brief Return to Form

Following the death of founder-member Tony Duhig, Jade Warrior made this exceptional album -as a tribute to Tony?- that closely follows the template established during
the years they recorded for Island Record: airy melodies; soft, Asian-influenced flutes with the occasional burst of guitar. The album they recorded during this period that
best shows their talents is the wonderful "Floating World", an album that this echoes greatly. The unfortunate thing is that following this short return to form, they've gone
back to the kind of music they performed during their Vertigo Records period, that, while fine, overly relies on weak vocals. If one loves their "Floating World" through "Kites"
and "Way of the Sun" period, "Breathing the Storm" is the newer JW album to choose. The perfect music to play while relaxing by the shore...


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Jade Warrior was an eclectic group led by Jon Field and Tony Duhig, who met during the 1960s while working in a factory. The two did not immediately start a band, but spent several years improving their musical skills, Field on percussion, Duhig on guitar. They finally created a group named July, with Tom Newman, Chris Jackson, and Alan James. Newman would later engineer Mike Oldfield's landmark album Tubular Bells. July released one album of eccentric psychedelic pop in 1968, then folded. After...
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