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Aural Karate

by Blaze

Aural Karate: Marinate Funk in Jazz juice over night.Add 1/3 cup of Hip-Hop w/ a pinch of Electronica. Bring to boil...Enjoy.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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Album Notes

Old school sensibilities...New school sounds...
Jazz:::Funk:::Hip-Hop:::Electronica - All mixed to form a blazing sound.

This is for listeners and rump shakers alike!

Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Robben Ford, Hot Buttered Rhythm) is a dynamic drummer, organizer and the group's musical conceptualist. With no piano or other chordal instruments at hand for harmonics, the horns are free to explore many directions. And with a DJ / turntablist in the band, their sound is expressively unique.

Funky syncopation, stylistic shifts and sometimes a comedic playfulness shape the band's sonic landscape. Pulling from a large bag of influences from Jazz innovators like trumpet legend Miles Davis to Hip Hop beats and modern Electronica, melodies and rhythms meld together intelligently and soulfully.

Joining Temple (who also employs the use of a sampler) are these inspired youthful musicians and together, they create this unconventional piano-less quintet's unique and captivating acoustic / electric hybrid sound.

Ephraim Owens (Clark Terry, Marchel Ivery, James Clay, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) on trumpet w/ effects

Michael Malone (Jimmy Smith, Othello Mullineux) on tenor / soprano saxophones and EWI

Marc Miller (Hollywood Hills Orchestra, Cecil Welch) on acoustic bass w/ effects

NickNack (from Crowd Control Records) on turntables

Also included on "Aural Karate" are special guest musicians:
Steve Snyder and Dave Palmer on piano, keys and gadgetry
Marty Muse on pedal steel
Jason McKenzie on tablas

BLAZE has turned the heads of the public at large. In their hometown of Austin, TX they have won Austin Chronicle Readers Poll 'Jazz Band of the Year' in 2001 through 2003. In 2000 they performed the Hillebrand Jazz Festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONT. In the summer of 2002 they toured the Midwest performing in various cities like Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and they have done collaborative performances w/ Jazz vocalist Mandy Gaines in Taipei, Taiwan.

During live shows, some (Jazz) standards and a significant number of tightly executed original songs are presented. Humbly, BLAZE pays musical homage to the Jazz Masters and other masterful musicians of various musical genres that inspired them to play. Youth alive, not living in the past they honor the present and future helping to keep alive the brightly burning flame of Jazz.

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Scott Miles

Fresh, Inspired and Groove-a-licious!
First and foremost, this is a very inspiring CD to the listener. It is evident that the musicians are inspired as well. Contributing to the inspiration factor is the fact that Blaze is really doing something unique on Aural Karate and the result is a fresh and positively accessbile result. This CD has many inflections of styles in it--each with a new twist added uniquely in a pure Blaze fashion. While a couple of tracks specialize in cool, straight-ahead jazz, others take on a funk-heavy, free-jazz idiom and groove along in worlds of their own courtesy of well crafted loops, tasty electronica and unique solo instrumentation (check out the tabla and pedal steel playing). For example, one of the many noteworthy gems on this disc is definitely Track No. 3, which delves into everything from the driving late sixties jazz of the Miles Davis quintet to the middle-eastern tinged Asian-Massive Movement influenced soundscapes.

The production is also well done, contributing significantly to the overall vibe of the CD and creating a global 'theme' throughout.

A true artistic and groundbreaking statement, Aural Karate is a CD to be enjoyed by all and may just be the sound of the next wave of 'jazz'.

Rob Young

Recommended for jazz lovers sliced with a dose of hip-hop!
As music lovers, we often whine about our favorite artist being locked into a box musically and how they’re not being creative and constantly disappointing us. Are we willing to explore new artist by expanding our knowledge base for fresh and innovate music alternatives (?) Discovering new uncharted music requires, being open and receptive to change from the listeners’ perspective. One of the most intriguing discoveries for 2003 comes from a group called Blaze featuring Brannen Temple the founder and drummer for the group. “Aural Karate” is the most recording by the Austin, TX natives Blaze; their latest conquest is in pursuit of the groove wrapped in the garment of inventiveness and creative energy. Temple and company explores an accelerating menu of jazz, hip-hop and beyond transcending the norm of today’s music with finesse.

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