The name Jadis is taken from the novel “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S.Lewis. The same character later appeared as the white witch in “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe”
Band with IQ keyboard man Martin Orford
and the sympathetic guitarist Gary Chandler.
Apparently these guys have been around in some form or other for quite a long time.
Their sound is nice enough, not too adventurous or innovative, but not trite or overly
derivative, although they do fit squarely into the rockin' neo-prog genre;
More Than Meets the Eye, is their debut ('92). The music is full of lush synthesizer
and guitar reminiscent of Steve Hackett and there is even some nice flute. The rhythm though
is more straight-forward and commercially accessible. Followed up by Once upon the Time
(3 track cd '93) and Across the Water ('94).
As Daylight Fades (98, Live):
Medium Rare (01) is a collection of their EP's, mini disc's, unreleased material and a cover from The Alan Parsons Project; Old & wise.
They toured with Pendragon (as an acoustic Jadis: a duo-performance by Martin and Gary) as their support act as they started and even in 2001 they hit the road with them again. Ocassionally Martin and Gary are performing alone, such as they did in Verviers 25 November; really nice! If you like smooth prog rock i can recommend these guys!
Alive Outside (end 01).
Is a change to hear them live, but it is better to go and see them. If you're not able to do that buy this one. This ceedee is recorded at the famous ‘garden gig’ in Hampshire, Engeland, 14 July 2001.
Two covers one of Crowded House and the other is one of my favorite Pink Floyd tracks; Comfortable Numb.
Fanatic is their new album, nice proggy and good solo's on keyboards and of
course on guitar. The Jadis-sound is established. Strongly recommended!
They have just finished the mixing of the forthcoming Jadis DVD. It is called 'View From Above' and it was filmed when the band went to Poland back in April. It features an hour long concert in Krakow, an interview with Gary and Martin and more. Released end of 2003.
They had a small tour in the Lowlands and Spain in Januari / February 2004. See this page for pictures and more info.
More Than Meets The Eye Special Edition (2005).
Reworked version of the classic Jadis album, incl. Bonus CD! Release 28/02/2005.
They're working on a new album, it has the working title Comfort Zone will be released so soon as possible
(after the summer break).
The sumer break will end in February 2006 ;-)
And the album will be called Photoplay. Tourplans will be announced soon!
|Photoplay New Album!
There's A Light
What Goes Around
Asleep In My Hands
Need To Breathe
Who I Am
All You've Ever Known
Please Open Your Eyes
Make me move
I Hear Your Voice
Gary reckons it to have some of his best riffs and melodies to date and says it shows a heavier side to the band which he has wanted to promote and get out of his system for a long time. A lot more has gone into the vocal arrangements and Steve Thorne has contributed backing vocals and harmonies on most of the tracks. Lyrically it covers a broad spectrum, but does touch a few times on Gary's disregard and loathing for religion and fanatical faith.
Martin Orford is involved too, but he will not join the band on their live tour!
NEWS JAN 2012 Jadis will release a new album in 2012!
In 2002 Steve Christey was a part of John Young's band.
Together with Martin he did some sessions for John Wetton; Nomandsland ('99) and on some recent work from '03 & Ken Hensley.
He also played with Peter Gee / Pendragon ('97).
Steve is playing on
John Wetton and Geoff Downes (2005).
Gary did some sessions for Martin's solo-projects.
And he went on tour with the 50-piece brass orchestra of the Dutch Royal Airforce, I believe he did two songs one of Elton John and Whiter Shade of Pale of Procol Harum.
He did some session and writing (?) for Mink. Mink is:
And he works with
Steve Thorne. see also my live review of the Spirit of 66.
Gary, John and Martin will be playing in ProgAid ('05).
Here you can find interviews with them.
Steve Thorne ('09).