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by Doug Collette
A purposefully more far-ranging companion piece to The Best of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express (PolyGram, 1996), among other such compendia, Introspection is keyboardist/composer Brian Auger's personally-curated anthology covering the span of his career. In keeping with John Sellard's graphic design that features an array of period photos, the three-CDs' sound is as impeccable as its track sequencing also overseen by the artist himself This forward-thinking musician has hand-selected thirty-five of his favorite live and studio cuts, a handful ...read more
by Doug Collette
All the devout Brian Auger fan needs to know about Language of the Heart is that it overflows with the immediately recognizable tones of the British fusion pioneer's Hammond-B3 organ and Fender Rhodes electric piano. All the uninitiated needs to know is that this album favorably compares with the work Auger produced during the heyday of jazz- rock fusion.The seven tracks, written and arranged by Brian Auger and Tea--a duo composed of keyboardist/percussionist Phil Bunch and guitarist Franck ...read more
by Matt Marshall
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express The Tangier Akron, Ohio May 15, 2009
Having your kids in tow on the tour circuit may not sound very rock 'n' roll. But, no doubt, organ legend Brian Auger doesn't give it a second thought. His drummer son Karma and singing daughter Savannah are helping keep Auger's seminal band, the Oblivion Express, on the road and surging like a bullet.
Opening their ...read more
by Jim Santella
Surrounded by smooth R&B guitars and voices, Brian Auger rips through the electric piano and Hammond B-3 organ on a thrill ride. This ride doesn’t take you head over heels and through loops. Instead, it takes you on a jazz journey over smooth waters and rolling waves. From fusion to acid jazz, the band has captured a smooth pop/rock atmosphere. His web page offers a detailed time line that traces this popular development.Daughter Savannah and son Karma provide ...read more
by Michael Askounes
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. The list of players that have shared the studio/stage with Auger reads like a who's who of modern jazz-fusion. 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. But unfortunately, that is ...read more
by Randy McElligott
Brian Auger is a true survivor. An organ innovator from the British jazz-rock scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Auger returns two decades later with his Hammond B3 on Voices of Other Times. Always in the groove, and swinging like there's no tomorrow, his bands have featured young and talented musicians. In this sense, Auger’s approach to recruitment reflects the spirit of Miles Davis and Art Blakey. The latest reincarnation of Auger’s Oblivion Express, originally formed in the early ‘70s, ...read more