Classics: Blaze – Seasons Of Love (Original Afro Mix) (Nite Grooves)
In the vein of the memorable ‘My Beat’ as remixed by Swag… Blaze back to some Afrobeat-influenced mood on the sax-driven ‘Seasons Of Love’. Looking like it’s the same crew as on the latter, as enlightened by the same kind of female spoken word performance. A jam one can find as well on the 1998 ‘Abstract Afro Lounge’ compilation. UK label Slip’N’Slide also releasing it the year after as a part of ‘The Many Colors Of Blaze’ compilation…
Formed by the mid-80’s, Blaze progressively made themselves the depository of a unique sound. Eventually being to House Music what New Jack Swing happened to be to R&B. In other words, from a blend of Gospel, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Funk influences.
Initially a threesome with Chris Herbert who left by the beginning of the 90’s, Kevin Hedge and Josh Milan have crafted some of the most vibrant pieces of music one might think of. From the early Phase II‘s ‘Reachin’ to the anthemic ‘Lovelee Day’. From the soothing ‘Wishing You Were Here’ to the infectious ‘Funky People ‘ featuring Cassio Ware. And the list goes on, not to mention their memorable collaborations with Louie Vega.
They released a total of 5 albums in a 15 years period of time. They are also responsible for the UDAUFL album. A concept album which featured a myriad of luminaries with the aim to collect funds to fight against AIDS.
Blaze came to an end in the second half of the 2000’s. With Milan running his own Honeycomb label from then. And Hedge sharing the duties behind the decks with Louie Vega at the weekly Roots party at NYC Cielo.