Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History
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This is an excellent 28 song career retrospective of the vastly underrated keyboardist, Brian Auger. The variety of styles employed in his creative, genre-bending recorded output, which encompasses parts of 5 decades, are well represented on AUGER RHYTHMS. If the name Brian Auger doesn't mean anything to you, then sadly, you've missed out on some really exciting music. You can correct that oversight right now. LISTEN HERE. . .
The first 5 tracks on disc 1 give us Brian's early, straightforward jazz excursions with his piano as the lead instrument. These 5 pieces are performed by obviously accomplished musicians, and all are highly enjoyable if somewhat derivative. It's technically impressive, and it swings nicely, but it's not particularly original. This is the early phase of a gifted musician who had not yet discovered the unique, artistic "voice" dwelling in his innermost regions.
It is with track #6, MOANIN', the Bobby Timmons composition, made into a certifiable Jazz classic by the great Art Blakey, that Brian first plugs in his Hammond B-3 organ, and LOOK OUT! Now the sparks are flying all over the place while the scent of burnt ebony, ivory, and ozone goes wafting through the room. This is the incendiary playing that we've come here for.Read more ›
DISC ONE begins with some very listenable Brit-jazz, with a very young Auger leading groups on piano. Sounding very influenced by the Blue Note stable of pianists, Auger turns in some very pleasant (though hardly world-shaking) stuff. Midway through the selections, the focus shifts to Auger's B-3 Hammond work, which is where Auger started to turn heads, and really established himself. Of these tunes, the standout is a great arrangement of Art Blakey's "Moanin".
With the addition of British singer Julie Driscoll, Auger's late Sixties band ("The Trinity") steered into lively (if a bit arch) funk music. Driscoll was a powerful singer with a theatrical presence, but it isn't too hard to conjure images of white girls with frizzy Afros gyrating the boogaloo, here. These tracks are really quite good, but you may have to stifle a laugh or two while listening.
With his album "Streetnoise", Auger finally immersed himself in Rock. "Season of the Witch" is probably the best version extant of that Donovan tune, and "Tropic of Capricorn" is as close as Auger ever got to sounding like Keith Emerson and the Nice.
So, the stage is then set for DISC TWO, where Auger again reverses course, and starts laying down some seriously funky fusion music. This is where he really excelled, and why the "Acid Jazz" people still like him today. "Listen Here" is a ten minute piledriver of a vamp. Over a Spencer Davis style, pounding bass line, Auger trades solos with Gary Boyle, who had joined the group on guitar, and who delivers some very exciting, Jeff Beck-style licks.Read more ›
If you dig the B3 scene it doesn't get much better than this.
The B3 King
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was pleased to get this CD,because it had his earlier jazz on disc 1 &more contemporary jazz on disc.2.Published 9 months ago by Gary K. Gibson
This covers most of Brian's career, there's a wide and varying array of material, beautiful and intense Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes riding to cool infectious funk grooves ("real"... Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Joseph W. Szilagy
I think Auger's organ playing is phenomenal, however I gave this 4 * rather than 5, simply because the vocals are awful. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by J. Richardson
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