Musea has found another winner in this French instrumental trio called JADE. Harking back to the glory days of the ECM label, specifically the 70's and 80's period, this band wil instantly bring to mind such artists as Terje Rypdal and David Torn, or in some of the jazzier moments even Bill Frisell. Guitarist Olivier Freche uses similar techniques from all three of these players, such as multiple effects, whammy bar, angular legato scales, and Middle Eastern chord progressions. He regularly switches between electric and acoustic guitars, much like Shawn Lane, and performs many scary duets with accomplished bassist Bernard Brand.
The Middle Eastern influence can also be heard in the playing of drummer and percussionist Raoul Wisniewski, especially on the acoustic track "Monica Du Desert." Of the electric pieces, "Budai" and "Acid Halloween" are the strongest, and both features savage experimentalism and fierce solo spots. It would be interesting to catch this trio in a live setting, where they can stretch out even further from these lengthy studio versions and explore sonic territories that most bands would never even hope to reach.