BRIAN AUGER

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Born: July 18, 1939 Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

For over forty years, Brian Auger has been a musician's musician. Jazz pianist, bandleader, session man, Hammond B3 innovator, and key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian has done it all and then some. An incredible gentleman with one of the most varied careers in music, he has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him legions of fans all over the world.

Auger's unique musical career started at a very early age. Growing up in London during World War II, his family's house had a player piano, and, at the age of three, ‘this thing fascinated me, with a pair of pedals. You put a piano roll in it, you pedaled, and, as you pedaled, paper was drawn across this grill, with corresponding holes it in for the 88
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Live in los AngelesLive in los Angeles
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Back to the Beginning: The Brian Auger AnthologyBack to the Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology
Freestyle Records 2015
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StreetnoiseStreetnoise
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Import [Generic] 2001
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Back to the Beginning  Again: The Brian Auger Anthology Vol. 2Back to the Beginning Again: The Brian Auger Anthology Vol. 2
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StreetnoiseStreetnoise
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Castle Music UK 2004
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BRIAN AUGER Discography

BRIAN AUGER albums / top albums

BRIAN AUGER Attention album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Attention
RnB 1965
BRIAN AUGER Open (as Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity) (aka Jools) album cover 2.14 | 3 ratings
Open (as Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity) (aka Jools)
RnB 1967
BRIAN AUGER Definitely What! (as Brian Auger & The Trinity) album cover 2.03 | 4 ratings
Definitely What! (as Brian Auger & The Trinity)
Jazz Related Rock 1968
BRIAN AUGER Streetnoise Vol.1 (as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Streetnoise Vol.1 (as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity)
Jazz Related Rock 1969
BRIAN AUGER Streetnoise Vol.2 (as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Streetnoise Vol.2 (as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity)
Jazz Related Rock 1969
BRIAN AUGER Streetnoise (Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity) album cover 3.98 | 5 ratings
Streetnoise (Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity)
Jazz Related Rock 1969
BRIAN AUGER Befour (as Brian Auger And The Trinity) album cover 3.97 | 4 ratings
Befour (as Brian Auger And The Trinity)
Jazz Related Rock 1970
BRIAN AUGER Brian Auger's Oblivion Express album cover 3.94 | 6 ratings
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
Fusion 1971
BRIAN AUGER A Better Land (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 1.26 | 5 ratings
A Better Land (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1971
BRIAN AUGER Second Wind (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 3.19 | 4 ratings
Second Wind (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 1972
BRIAN AUGER Closer To It! (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 3.95 | 4 ratings
Closer To It! (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Soul Jazz 1973
BRIAN AUGER Straight Ahead (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 2.97 | 4 ratings
Straight Ahead (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 1974
BRIAN AUGER Reinforcements (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 2.34 | 4 ratings
Reinforcements (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 1975
BRIAN AUGER Happiness Heartaches (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 2.38 | 4 ratings
Happiness Heartaches (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 1977
BRIAN AUGER Encore (with Julie Tippetts) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Encore (with Julie Tippetts)
RnB 1978
BRIAN AUGER Search Party album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Search Party
Fusion 1981
BRIAN AUGER Here and Now album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Here and Now
Fusion 1984
BRIAN AUGER Keys to the Heart (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Keys to the Heart (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 1987
BRIAN AUGER Voices of Other Times (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Voices of Other Times (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 1999
BRIAN AUGER Looking in the Eye of the World (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Looking in the Eye of the World (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 2006
BRIAN AUGER Language of the Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Language of the Heart
RnB 2012
BRIAN AUGER Back To The Beginning The Brian Auger Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back To The Beginning The Brian Auger Anthology
RnB 2015

BRIAN AUGER EPs & splits

BRIAN AUGER Live at Bogies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Bogies
Hard Bop 2018

BRIAN AUGER live albums

BRIAN AUGER Live Oblivion Vol. 1 (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Live Oblivion Vol. 1 (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Soul Jazz 1974
BRIAN AUGER Live Oblivion Vol. 2 (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 3.00 | 4 ratings
Live Oblivion Vol. 2 (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Soul Jazz 1974
BRIAN AUGER Live at The Baked Potato (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at The Baked Potato (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)
Fusion 2008
BRIAN AUGER Live In Los Angeles [Feat. Alex Ligertwood] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Los Angeles [Feat. Alex Ligertwood]
Fusion 2015
BRIAN AUGER Full Circle - Live at Bogie's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Full Circle - Live at Bogie's
Soul Jazz 2018

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BRIAN AUGER re-issues & compilations

BRIAN AUGER In and Out (with Julie Driscoll) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In and Out (with Julie Driscoll)
Jazz Related Rock 1969
BRIAN AUGER Highlights Of Brian Auger & The Trinity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Highlights Of Brian Auger & The Trinity
Jazz Related Rock 1970
BRIAN AUGER Brian Auger (aka Faces And Places Vol. 10 aka This Is Brian Auger) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Brian Auger (aka Faces And Places Vol. 10 aka This Is Brian Auger)
Soul Jazz 1971
BRIAN AUGER Genesis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Genesis
Fusion 1974
BRIAN AUGER The Best Of Brian Auger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Brian Auger
Jazz Related Rock 1977
BRIAN AUGER Augernization: The Best Of Brian Auger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Augernization: The Best Of Brian Auger
RnB 1995
BRIAN AUGER The Complete Live Oblivion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Live Oblivion
Soul Jazz 1995
BRIAN AUGER Mod Jazz Years Featuring Jullie Driscoll album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mod Jazz Years Featuring Jullie Driscoll
RnB 1996
BRIAN AUGER The Best Of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
Fusion 1998
BRIAN AUGER The Mod Years 1965 -1969 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mod Years 1965 -1969
RnB 1999
BRIAN AUGER The Best of Brian Auger (1999) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Brian Auger (1999)
Soul Jazz 1999
BRIAN AUGER The Best of Brian Auger 1969-1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Brian Auger 1969-1975
Jazz Related Rock 1999
BRIAN AUGER Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History
Fusion 2003
BRIAN AUGER Get Auger-Nized! The Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Get Auger-Nized! The Anthology
Jazz Related Rock 2004
BRIAN AUGER Get Auger-nized!: The Mod Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Get Auger-nized!: The Mod Years
Jazz Related Rock 2004
BRIAN AUGER This Wheels's on Fire - The Best of Brian Auger With the Trinity Julie Driscoll Oblivion Express album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Wheels's on Fire - The Best of Brian Auger With the Trinity Julie Driscoll Oblivion Express
Fusion 2005
BRIAN AUGER Live Oblivion Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Oblivion Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Soul Jazz 2006
BRIAN AUGER Tiger (Featuring Trinity, Julie Driscoll & The Steampacket) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tiger (Featuring Trinity, Julie Driscoll & The Steampacket)
Jazz Related Rock 2007
BRIAN AUGER Back To The Beginning… Again: The Brian Auger Anthology Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back To The Beginning… Again: The Brian Auger Anthology Vol. 2
Jazz Related Rock 2016

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BRIAN AUGER Live Oblivion Vol. 1 (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)

Live album · 1974 · Soul Jazz
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You would expect the music on "Live Oblivian Volume 1" to be better than Volume 2, but actually it is the other way around. As usual this album shows off the amazing high energy jazz/rock/RnB keyboard playing of Brian Auger. Brian rocks harder than most jazzers, and is a little jazzier than most rockers, this makes him sort of a misiing link between the worlds of Jimmy Smith and Jon Lord. Unfortunately this album does not contain his best material from this era. The album opens with "Beginning Again" which shows the bands main strengths, Stephen Ferrone's kinetic drumming pushing Brian's fast licks over a very unpretentious RnB/jazz groove. Brian has great keyboard sounds on this album, pure analog B3 and Fender Rhodes with a bit of distortion and occaisonal tape echo. After that scorching opener things bog down a bit on "Don't Look Away", which features their weak spot, the vocals of Alex Ligertwood.

Side 2 starts with Wes Montgomery's "Bumpin on Sunset". Wes's original is a great peice of smart urban groove, but Auger's version seems a little slow on this album. To make matters worse, Alex starts improvising vocals about how Wes "found himself". The song does get in one nice B3 solo before it grinds to a halt. The album closer, "Truth", has the band back playing their trademark high energy two chord vamps, but the arrangement is too choppy and relies too much on the lead guitar playing of Jack Mills. Jack is OK, but no match for Auger.

This album has its moments, but if you want to hear this band at their best, get "Live Oblivian Volume 2".

BRIAN AUGER A Better Land (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)

Album · 1971 · Pop/Art Song/Folk
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If you are looking for Brian Auger at his best I would stay far away from this album. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but what we have on this album is a collection of terribly bland and unmemorable laid back 70s Southern California soft rock swill. The whole thing sounds suspiciously like an attempt by some record label big-wig to turn Auger and crew into some kind of gravy train.

Each song is full of weak attempts at CSN&Y harmonies that don't work because these guys voices fall flat over and over again. Most of the solos are handled by Jim Mullen, whose guitar playing is mediocre at best, and often as out of tune as the vocals. Brian gets in a couple of solos, but he never really takes off because I am sure the supposed record company leech told him to "keep it mellow". Brian Auger has put out some great jazz/rock albums, but this isn't one of them.

BRIAN AUGER Happiness Heartaches (as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express)

Album · 1977 · Fusion
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The late 70s were not good years for jazz fusion. Long expressive solos and extended group jam sessions were out of fashion and the various artists invoved in the genre struggled to find a way to be relevant in a changing music scene. On this record, Brian Auger and his band opt for the jazzy RnB of bands like Steely Dan and Tower of Power in an attempt to sound current, and achieve mixed results. The vocal sections are rather mundane, but the instrumental sections really take off sometimes. The group of musicians featured on here make up one of the best bands Auger ever put together. The rhythm section of Lenny White on drums, Lennox Langton on congas and Clive Chaman on bass is capable of hitting some very nimble Latin grooves that past versions of his band could never touch. Auger rises to the challenge thrown down by his lightning quick rhythm section and kicks out many great solos. One of the nicest is the extended spacey electric piano ride at the end of 'Spice Island'.

If this was an instrumental album it would have been one of the better fusion albums of the late 70s, but unfortunately it isn't.

BRIAN AUGER Attention

Album · 1965 · RnB
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Nothing too serious going on here, just some fun very high energy mostly instrumental Hammond B3 music for those of you who like that sort of thing. Brian is heavily influenced by the blues-jazz of Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff on this recording, but also infuses some youthful rock energy which makes this album more similar to some of the highly kinetic organ instrumentals that Billy Preston was putting out at about the same time. Although Brian is not quite in the same league as long-time jazz players like Jimmy Smith, he still does pretty well for a young upstart. Also, his band does a great job of laying down funky swinging grooves and the guitar playing is outstanding. I don't know why most later Auger albums have such mediocre guitarists, its nice to hear him being pushed by someone with comparable chops.

There are a couple of vocal numbers on this record, but they seem like filler compared to the instrumentals. This style of rocking jazz hipster lounge music enjoyed a resurgance of popularity in the early to mid-90s when acid jazz DJs would place cuts like these along side instrumental hip-hop numbers.

This record is not for everyone, but if you enjoy this kind of fun retro music this album is great.

BRIAN AUGER Open (as Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity) (aka Jools)

Album · 1967 · RnB
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This is a very eclectic album from Brian Auger, unfortunetly most of it is not very good. The album starts off nicely with two 60s instrumental hipster soul jazz numbers that feature Brian's great Hammond playing. This is a good style for Brian and shows his playing progressing nicely from his first album. Both of these songs also have much better production than his first album and feature a warm analog sound with a big natural reverb background that you would expect from a classic 60s RnB-jazz record. The third song is an amatuerish rock song that features Brian on vocals, It sounds like a bar band covering Winwood's "I'm a Man", except they forgot the lyrics and the chorus. This song is followed by "Lament for Miss Baker", a nice piano ballad that mixes Ellington style elegant jazz with French neo-classical music. It would be nice if Brian recorded more songs like this. Side one closes out with "Goodbye Jungle Telegraph" that opens with Martin Denny style log drums and bird calls before stumbling into a free RnB-jazz percussion groove with an uncredited saxophone solo and weird keyboard sounds from Brian. I think they were trying for a Sun Ra type thing here but didn't quite succeed.

Side one must have been the opening set because they bring on vocalist Julie Driscoll for side two. Julie isn't a bad singer, but she tends to over-sing in an attempt to sound more RnBish. The first two songs on side two are covers of classic 60s soul songs. No one, but no one should ever ever cover classic 60s soul songs, there is no way you can improve on that sound.

These two songs are followed by a nice Brit pop-psychedelic song called "A Kind of Love In". Julie and the band sound much better with this style. The last two songs on the album are pretty bad with their cover of "Season of the Witch" being one of the longest most tedious songs I have ever heard. Brian's solo toward the end of the song sounds like he is falling asleep.

In a few years Julie would drop her glamorous RnB pose and become Julie Tippet and join her new husband Keith's avant garde jazz-rock band Septober Energy in which she would lead utopian hippie chants while the horn players tried to drown her out.

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