Exposé Online banner

JADE (Jazz Afro Design Electric) — The Eclipse
(Musea Artdisto Jade 1, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-12-08

The Eclipse Cover art

Seems like only yesterday, but actually it was seventeen years ago that this band released their first album, Jazz Afro Design Electric. The key players on The Eclipse, their second album, are much the same as then: bassist Bernard Brand and guitarist Olivier Frèche comprise the nucleus of the trio – only drummer Charlie Davot has replaced the band’s original drummer in the current edition. One might ask what happened to all those years? Frèche was a member of Hyperion during the interim, and Brand was a member of Arita – both bands had releases, but for whatever reason, they decided to regroup JADE and give it another go. On the first six cuts (of seven total), there is no doubt some mid-70s and 80s Crimson worship going on, but one hears JADE’s own brand of aggressive playing going down between the three players. It’s instrumental, but completely free-wheeling and intense, burning power thrash, driving rhythm without a lot of excessive soloing, and occasional hints of a 60s bluesy sound, tripped up in psychedelic mayhem. One might be occasionally reminded of the band Xaal, though there’s not a lot of zeuhl influence coming through it all here, more the pure intensity, with drummer Davot driving a tom-heavy style, a primitive throb that runs well outside the rock mainstream, but it compliments their music well. Keyboard player Pierre Alain Goualch joins the trio on several cuts, enhancing their sound, and on the later cuts things get quite experimental when trumpeter Hervé Collignon joins in the fun. Up until track 6 this is a completely instrumental endeavor, and all the better for it, but on the closer “Voyage d’un fumeur d’opium” they bring in rapper Mike Ladd to ruin an otherwise excellent album. What were they thinking? Oh well. Hit the stop button after track six.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): JADE (Jazz Afro Design Electric)

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Mr. Sirius - Dirge – When considering the finest releases of the Japanese symphonic rock scene, the first two albums by Mr. Sirius come to mind immediately, not only for their apparent absence of any immediately obvious...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues