Saturday, January 26, 2008

Who Loves Brian Auger ?

Maybe I should’nt admit this but up until two weeks ago I had never heard of Brian Auger, despite 30 years of listening to rock and to jazz.

He’s a pianist and hammond organ player who has done session work and tours with Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon, Rod Stewart, ect.

He is also a highly regarded musician in his own right, starting with his group Steampacket, with none other than the legend Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart.

In 1970 he turned to jazz-rock fusion with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, two members of this band would go on to form the Average White Band, which was reformed for a tour in 2006.

So far I have listened to Oblivion Express’s Second Wind from 1972, pretty incredibel if you like your rock mixed in with funk and jazz (abit of a theme on rock revival of late). The highlight is “Freedom Jazz Dance” covered by lots, including Eric Burdon’s War and the Beastie Boys, incredible.
Image: Courtesy Msi Music

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