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  VH1.com : Brian Auger : Biography
Brian Auger was raised in London, where he took up the keyboards as a child and began to hear jazz by way of the American Armed Forces Network and an older brother's record
Auger retained Driscoll and brought in bass player Dave Ambrose and drummer Clive Thacker to form a unit that was billed as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity.
Their initial LP, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, was released in 1971, followed later the same year by A Better Land, but their first U.S. chart LP was Second Wind in June 1972, the album that marked the debut of singer Alex Ligertwood with the band.
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 Brian Auger : Definitely What! - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Auger dominates the record not just with his organ, but also as composer of most of the original material, and as the vocalist.
Auger was a good organ player, but not up to the level of the best British rock electric keyboardists of the 1960s, like Alan Price, Rod Argent, Graham Bond, and Vincent Crane.
Auger's principal influences are obvious in the songs he covers by Booker T. & the MG's, Wes Montgomery, and Mose Allison, although there's also an odd version of "A Day in the Life" that is bolstered by an orchestra's worth of horns and strings.
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 eye - Life of Brian - 04.29.04
Trinity dissolved in the early '70s because, as Auger remembers, "it became a power-trip thing, and people were more interested in who we were seeing and what we were wearing." In response, he decided to form a "rolling school" influenced by Art Blakey's experience with the ever-changing lineup of the Jazz Messengers.
Auger describes the '80s, when the highly processed pop machine got in gear, as hang-in-there years for his music, but in the '90s, he was spurred on by rare groove DJs spinning his material in London clubs; while he's now based in California, he's being called "the godfather of acid jazz" in the UK.
Auger is taking the Express back on the road, and the latest edition of the "rolling school" features Cleveland's Chris Golden on bass, as well as a couple of students who've obviously benefited from some home tutoring: Auger's son, Karma, on drums, and his daughter, Savannah, on vocals.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_04.29.04/music/auger.html   (455 words)

 BRIAN AUGER'S OBLIVION EXPRESS - SMOOTH JAZZ? - FUZAK? -"Eclectic Earwig Reviews Music and More for You!"
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express: Voice of Other Times (CD, 63:24) Miramar Miramar Recordings 2601 4th Ave., Suite 320 Seattle, WA 98121 CYBERHOME: http://www.miramarupx.com Londoner jazz staple Brian Auger has had a long and distinguished career dating all the way back to the early 60's English jazz scene.
Given his pedigree, the last thing I expected when cueing up Brian Auger and the reformed Oblivion Express' latest CD Voices of Other Times was boring, overly clichéd "smooth jazz" with mediocre instrumentation.
The vocals of Brian's daughter Savannah Auger are fantastic, and when she sings she automatically kicks up the quality of the track up a notch or two.
www.eer-music.com /reviews/Brian_Auger.html   (552 words)

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Brian Auger began his carrer as a straight up jazz player in England in the mid 1960s.
Brian Auger came out of the British Blues scene playing with John Mayall and others.
www.soul-patrol.com /jazz/augar.htm   (373 words)

 Variety.com - Reviews - Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
More than 30 years after Brian Auger's original Oblivion Express was a leader in decimating the boundaries between rock 'n' roll, R&BR&B and the funkier side of jazz, a reappraisal of his work is certainly in order.
Organist Auger remains a fierce and inventive force on the keys, as he romped through his own material, '60s jazz funk and a little gospel before a packed house Friday at the Baked Potato.
The performance by Auger, who may well be the only person to have opened for both Herbie Hancock and Led Zeppelin, celebrated the release of "Auger Rhythms," a two-CD career overview on Serious/Quicksilver Records that stretches from his early '60s London bebop days through the OE's early '70s prime.
www.variety.com /review/VE1117923513?categoryid=34&cs=1   (485 words)

 AUGER, Brian : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Driscoll was secretary of manager Georgio Gomelsky, who also managed Yardbirds; Auger played harpsichord on their 'For Your Love' '65.
Steampacket's vocalists and Auger's instrumentals were showcased separately on stage, his distinctive, distorted organ sound produced by playing the Hammond through a guitar valve (tube) amplifier.
Like Baldry and others of that era, Auger's fate was to be remembered as much for whom he played with as for his music.
www.musicweb-international.com /encyclopaedia/a/A128.HTM   (276 words)

 SoundStage! Brian Auger - Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History
Auger anticipated fusion by a couple of years, mixing jazz and pop music in 1967 with the third incarnation of the Brian Auger Trinity.
Auger’s success at adapting well-known rock tunes varied, but when things clicked, as they did on Donovan’s "Season of the Witch" and the Doors’ "Light My Fire," he was able to integrate his improvisational skills as a jazz musician with a straightforward rock beat.
Savannah Auger sings on the Oblivion Express tune and Ali Auger closes the set with a standard, "The Lady’s in Love," where her father returns to straight-ahead-jazz piano playing.
www.soundstage.com /music/reviews/rev570.htm   (881 words)

 Hartford Advocate: Augering Deep   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Auger has been praised by such greats as Herbie Hancock for his duties behind the Hammond B-3, that beloved soulful organ.
Auger, who was reached by phone while on the road in Cleveland, Ohio, says that thanks to the newfound appreciation for his sound, he's out touring, connecting with new listeners and having a grand time playing.
With legions of European fans, Auger, along with daughter Savannah on vocals and son Karma on drums, is now tackling the states.
hartfordadvocate.com /gbase/Music/content.html?oid=oid:41340   (951 words)

 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Voices of Other Times
In the '80s and '90s, Auger releases became sporadic and although his career never regained the momentum of the Oblivion Express period, his talent kept happily resurfacing.
Listeners unfamiliar with Auger or his history who pick up this disc are in for a huge treat, with the added bonus of being able to go back to those classic Oblivion Express albums from the '70s and discover them for the first time.
Auger fans hearing this new disc for the first time will be both shocked and amazed that after all these years there is a new Oblivion Express that not only sounds right but is even better than before.
www.rambles.net /auger_voices00.html   (609 words)

 OjO in TO 2
Savannah Grace Auger is a slutty little chanteuse, probably in her early 20s, and this night she was wearing tight jeans over longish tight legs and shortish tight ass, with a sort of diaphenous, silky top, that started around the neck with a Gibson-Girl choker, adorned with a large chunk of stage
Most of the time she's not singing as the band is chugging through its jazz chops, and during those moments Savannah slightly cocks her head, closes her eyes, lifts her arms to shoulder level, brings her hands in around her chin, and swivels her hips to the whump of her brother's bass drum behind her.
Brian also likes to do funny little endearing raps between songs, and his best made fun of his age.
www.rickmcgrath.com /ojo_in_to_2.html   (1487 words)

 pitch.com | | Critic's Choice | Brian Auger's Oblivion Express | 2004-04-08   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Brian Auger still insists on lugging around his Hammond B-3.
Auger himself had an epiphany the first time he heard one, and it's not hard to hear why he hangs on to his.
Auger has collaborated with a laundry list of luminaries -- Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Animals singer Eric Burdon among them -- but it's his resurrected Oblivion Express that still has him happily dragging his B-3 bomber around after forty years in the business.
www.pitch.com /issues/2004-04-08/critics2.html   (182 words)

 Brian Auger: All Aboard the Oblivion Express
The cover of Brian Auger’s 1975 album Reinforcements is a picture of him and his band, the Oblivion Express, with their young children in their arms and gathered around them.
Auger himself is holding his one-year old daughter Savannah while his son Karma, the spitting image of his dad, jumps ecstatically in the foreground.
Brian Auger’s most recent album is Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger’s Musical History, a two-disc set collecting music from his jazz piano days through the Trinity, the Oblivion Express and beyond, much of it previously unreleased.
www.jimnewsom.com /PFW-BrianAuger.html   (967 words)

 deseretnews.com | Organist loves to bridge rock, jazz
Organist Brian Auger is thankful he's still able to record music and go on tour.
Auger also worked with Long John Baldry, one of England's top blues player in the '60s, and with Julie Driscoll in a band called Trinity.
Auger's career highlights include playing the Reading Jazz Festival in 1965, the Montrose Jazz Festival in 1968 — and being able to tour today.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,595053078,00.html   (662 words)

 Jazz Artist Interview A Talk with Legendary B3 Man, Brian Auger @ jazzreview.com
BRIAN AUGER: Dad played a little piano and always managed to keep a piano in the house, although resources were slim, and our house was destroyed around us by German bombs in 1944 just before my 5th birthday.
BRIAN AUGER: Mainly the ones I mentioned earlier, but when I first heard Oscar Peterson on AM, I was so amazed by his technique and sense of swing that I tried to play like him, or at least to swing like him.
BRIAN AUGER: I played piano and because I was not expected to earn a living doing that, I was not sent to school and taught myself by listening to records.
www.jazzreview.com /articleprint.cfm?ID=124   (2389 words)

 The Brian Auger Trinity (Memorable Music Sixties Scene)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Brian Auger formed his first group in 1962.
By November 1964, Auger had acquired a Hammond organ for himself and recruited bassist Ricky Brown and drummer Micky Waller, both of whom were former members of Cyril Davies' All Stars.
Retaining the services of Driscoll and Briggs, Auger completed the line-up by adding a second guitarist in Gary Boyle and bringing in Roger Sutton (replaced by Dave Ambrose in 1967) on bass and Clive Thacker on drums.
www.memorabletv.com /musicworld/sixtiesukscene/brianaugertrinity.htm   (496 words)

Auger’s Jazzy-Rock is apparent on instrumentals like Just You Just Me where he gets to solo away on his organ.
I think Auger’s earlier works like this LP have a lot more to them than his later output and are well worth looking for.
Brian Auger first made a name for himself in the music business by playing keys on the Yardbirds’ hit song For Your Love.
www.soulstrut.com /reviews/crates/list.php?category=A&page=8   (1119 words)

 CD Review of Brian Auger - Voices Of Other Times on Miramar @ jazzreview.com
Brian Auger is a legend in the world of music.
What makes this track so special is that we get a chance to hear his daughter Savannah’s direct vocal prowess, as well as her sense of delivering the vocal in an eloquent, and forthright manner.
The Miles Davis and Art Blakey schools of music may be gone, but the spirit lives on in Brian Auger and his desire to spread the word, and offer an opportunity for aspiring musicians to display their talents.
www.jazzreview.com /cdreview.cfm?ID=589   (646 words)

 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express at Tenny Street Roadhouse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was England in the early sixties and the musician was Brian Auger.
Although Auger has had solo albums as well as recordings with his first group, the legendary Brian Auger Trinity, he has also been involved in many historic collaborations with artists such as The Yardbirds.
The latest edition of the Express is a youthful, hard-hitting, family oriented incarnation that features Brian on keyboards, his son Karma D. Auger on drums and percussion (he also serves as producer/engineer and has his own solo album, Blue Groove) The album also features Brian’s daughter, Savannah Auger, on vocals and Dan Lutz on bass.
www.tennystreet.com /Shows/auger.html   (350 words)

 Jelly review: Brian Auger
Okay, so maybe Auger was fusing jazz and rock elements, but to my ear his work with Oblivion Express sounds like exploration, not simply practice within a genre.
Auger ranks among the best as a technician, his harmonic sensibilities put him in league with Larry Young, and his tone is unmistakably his own.
Brian Auger, keyboards and vocals; Jim Mullen, guitars and vocals; Barry Dean, bass and vocals; Robbie McIntosh, drums and percussion; Alex Ligertwood, vocals.
www.jellyroll.com /04/auger.html   (621 words)

 CAB: Bunny Brunel, Tony MacAlpine, Dennis Chambers, Brian Auger, Patrice Rushen
Brian is a true inspiration to work with despite the fact he is an Englishman.
Brian is a bad Mutha...!!!" - Les McCann, May 1995 "Brian Auger is a superb technician on his instrument, but he also plays with feeling that is a rarity.
Brian is one of the originators of the high energy Hammond organ style along with Larry Young in the tradition of Jimmy Smith.
www.cabband.com /bios.html   (1623 words)

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Brian Auger How can the choosing of a new President annually from a single state election effectively safeguard against a system of spoils wherein the winner for each state shall take all for it?
Brian Auger How can the power of individual states to coin and produce their own money not lead to wide fluctuations of the value of the individual currencies from state to state thus rendering the monetary system in America confusing and popularly unknown?
Brian Auger How does the Anti-Federalist plan of national taxation not limit the powers of the general government beyond rational limits whereby making it ineffective in overall power over the people?
justice.loyola.edu /~bauger/federalist.doc   (200 words)

 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Voices of Other Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Brian Auger, the leader of this group, obviously carries all of the tunes with extremely strong solos on organ and keyboards.
Auger's daughter, being the weakest link of the band, sings all of the right notes in the right places.
A CD with no more than 3 vocals would have been stronger choice for Brian Auger this time around instead of the other way around with only three instruments.
users.rcn.com /jazzinfo/1000NS/NSAuger.html   (293 words)

 Brian Auger
Brian Auger - keyboards/vocals (born July 19th 1939, London)
Comprising of Auger on piano, bassist Rick Laird and Phil Knorra on drums.
From the remnants of Steampacket Auger put a new version of the Trinity together in September 1966.
www.geocities.com /~fabgear/auger.htm   (479 words)

 BBC - Classic Rock/Pop Review - Brian Auger Julie Driscoll & The Trinity, Open, Definitely What!, Streetnoise
Brian's stated intention had always been to overlay soul and funk rhythms with jazz harmonies and solos and all three of these recording are packed with this very individual approach.
Driscoll (a fellow refugee from Auger's previous 60s supergroup The Steampacket) carved out a highly individual style, proving that she was undoubtedly the only British, white singer who had the skill and ability to bring the necessary gravitas to covers of US soul, like Aretha's ''Save Me''.
Brian's Jimmy Smith jazz approach sits alongside that mildly camp Goons-like humour so in vogue at the time.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/classicpop/reviews/brianauger_open.shtml   (792 words)

 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express | Voice of Other Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Londoner jazz staple Brian Auger has had a long and distinguished career dating all the way back to the early 60's English jazz scene.
Given his pedigree, the last thing I expected when cueing up Brian Auger and the reformed Oblivion Express' latest CD Voices of Other Times was boring, overly clichéd “smooth jazz”; with mediocre instrumentation.
The playing on the CD is surprisingly uninspired — Karma Auger on the drums and guitarist Chris Clairmont seem to be bored with most of the material, and bassist Dan Lutz fills the tracks with slap-bass, easy-jazz clichéd riffs.
www.allaboutjazz.com /reviews/r0900_178.htm   (511 words)

 clevescene.com | | Nightwatch | Brian Auger's Oblivion Express | 2003-10-01   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
You'd never guess that Brian Auger's been at it for close to forever from Voices of Other Times, a strong 2000 release by his Oblivion Express.
Light of touch, lightning-fast, and feverishly improvisatory, Auger has made the Express a family affair, his son Karma working the drums and production, while daughter Savannah turns in sultry, groovy vocals.
This album -- committed, contemporary jazz blues with a political bent -- helps explain his popularity and proves that the Auger genes are musical indeed.
www.clevescene.com /issues/2003-10-01/nightwatch4.html   (268 words)

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