BRIAN AUGER - Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History (2003)
Auger Rhythms, the double-disc career overview of the last 40 years by Brian Auger, is, quite simply, a textbook case for what a career retrospective should be - outside of a box set that is, though it would be great if Ghosttown Records would get around to that as well. Auger is not simply a musician who did one thing and perfected or milked it. Since the early '60s he has proven to be a restless, wandering musical spirit, and this collection is the proof in the pudding that his enormous talent and vision have warranted - and continue to warrant - his participation in multiple genres as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and arranger who has successfully blurred the lines between jazz, blues, R&B, funk, soul, fusion, and rock. All of Auger's periods are covered here, from his earliest days as a jazz pianist to the Trinity to the Oblivion Express to being a sideman on his children's recordings. Of the 28 tracks contained here, 13 of them are previously unreleased. One of these, "Inside of Him," is a new track from the Trinity years with Julie Driscoll, featuring her elegant, deeply moving voice on top of a standard jazz trio setting -- Auger's towering harmonics on the acoustic piano would have been just as welcome in a Billie Holiday set in the early '50s. The earlier work includes the beautiful original "Blues Three Four" from 1961 and a killer version of Bobby Timmons' hard bop-blues classic "Moanin'." The early jazz material showcases Auger as a consummate soloist whose rapidly developing sense of harmony and rhythmic inventions pointed the way for his R&B and fusion excursions. Disc one is simply revelatory. It's breadth and range are astonishing in that they document the inner and hidden life of Auger as well as his hits from the era. The second disc here documents all the obvious choices, from "Freedom Jazz Dance" to "Happiness Is Just Around the Corner" to "Inner City Blues" to "Second Wind.
Brian Auger: The Jazz Piano Years: 01. Blues Three Four 02. East of the Sun 03. Poinciana 04. There Is No Greater Love 05. If You Could See Me Now
Brian Auger's Hammond Organ Big Band: 06. Moanin' 07. Sister Sadie
Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll: 08. Misty 09. I've Gotta Go Now 10. Break It Up 11. Inside of Him 12. This Wheel's on Fire 13. Season of the Witch 14. A Day in the Life 15. Tropic of Capricorn 16. Light My Fire
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express: 01. Listen Here 02. Freedom Jazz Dance 03. Second Wind 04. Happiness Is Just Around the Bend 05. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 06. Straight Ahead 07. Brain Damage 08. Beginning Again 09. Bumpin' on Sunset 10. Indian Rope Man
Karma Auger: 11. Slide
Ali Auger: 12. The Lady's in Love
Brian Auger (vocals, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, mellotron, keyboards); Julie Driscoll, Marion Williams (vocals); Vic Briggs, Gary Boyle, Jack Mills (guitar); Tom Whittle, Alam Skidmore (tenor saxophone); Larry Williams (trumpet, flugelhorn); Derek Wadsworth (trombone); Rick Laird, Roger Sutton (bass); Mickey Waller, Robbie MacIntosh (drums).
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