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Aural Karate by Blaze

Austin, Texas, based jazz group BLAZE releases an intriguing nine-track CD release entitled "Aural Blaze."

BLAZE's sound is a combination of jazz, funk, hip-hop and electronica - all mixed to bring a vibrant, smooth sound. Brannen Temple, who plays drums, is the organizer and the group's musical conceptionist. Other members in the group include Ephraiam Owens, Michael Malone, Marc Miller and NickNack. Adopting Temple's philosophy that "music should be presented the way you hear it, not worrying about the particulars of so-called success," the band uses a combination of funky syncopation, stylistic shifts and a comedic playfulness to define their musical landscape.

I like the sound of "Mustard Seed," which incorporates the talent of a disc jockey/turntablist with a funky jazz mix. Nice. Guest musicians Steven Snyder, Dave Palmer, Marty Muse and Jason McKenzie also bring nice sounds to the mix. Check out Snyder's acoustic piano sound in "The Invisible.

Temple says of the BLAZE's sound, " It's a combination of traditions, flow and groove from the rhythm section and fire and soul out of the horns." Fans can buy this CD as well as previous collaborations at

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Blaze
  • CD Title: Aural Karate
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Butter Vat Music
  • Rating: Four Stars
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