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, is no different. John Oliva's congas add color and shading. Bassist Dan Lutz and guitarist Chris Clermont both play with creativity and conviction. Clermont's work on "Isola Natale," for example, demonstrates a contemporary openness to ideas.
Auger even brings in the next generation of his own family. Daughter Savannah Auger sings on several of the ten tracks ("It Burns Me Up," "Isola Natale"). Her delivery is honest and convincing. Auger’s son, Karma Auger, is quite adept when it comes to riding the beat and offering some of his well placed chops. Listen to "Victor's Delight," for example, or the Marcus Miller composition "Splatch," which also appeared on the Miles Davis release Tutu.”
Longtime Auger followers who have seen his career through Trinity, Julie Tippetts and the Oblivion Express will not be disappointed with Voices of Other Times. The music is earthy, with bite and conviction, and constantly explores the groove. Auger's new disc is well worth repeated listening.
5:13 It Burns Me Up, 6:05 Isola Natale, 7:30 Voices Of Other Times, 6:02 Splatch, 5:02 Indian Rope Man, 6:28 Soul Glow, 6:03 Victor’s Delight, 7:27 Circles, 6:13 Never Gonna Come Down, 7:21 Jam Side Down.
Brian Auger, Hammond B3 organ; John Oliva, congas and percussion; Dan Lutz, bass; Chris Clermont, guitar; Savannah Auger, vocals; Karma Auger.
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