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Brian Auger


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.77 | 43 ratings

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4 stars There on PA all Brian Auger projects are placed under his name. Possibly, it's good in sense of marketing, at least you will find all Auger-related projects easy. But any fan interested in Auger music, should note, that in fact there are some bands, established by Auger. Their albums are placed there in one place, but the music of different bands is quite different. OK, all music is connected with jazz-rock fusion.

I like Brian Auger's Trinity ( the band with great singer Julie Driscoll or without her). If you can hear some early jazz-fusion with experimental or even avantgarde sounds in Trinity albums with vocalist Julie Driscoll, their later work after Julie left is presented by Hammond organ based early fusion.

After Trinity was disbanded, Auger founded new band Oblivition Express, which started it's discography with this album. And music is quite different. First of all, it's heavier: in fact it's one of very first examples of heavy jazz-fusion ( in Machavishnu Orchestra or late RTF style). And if Hammond still is one of leading instruments ( and sounds as jazzy version of John Lord's Deep Purple early works), you will feel strong difference with Auger's Trinity music: guitar is another leading instruments, sometimes even more important,that organ, with some first heavy-rock solos! And bass line is more heavy and is accented during sound mixing. So in fact you have here very rock-influenced sound,including some vocal moments.

To be honest, I like this album as one of most rock -influenced jazz-rock fusion sound example. I believe it should be interesting for early Deep Purple fans and John McLaughlin or Retun To Forever fans as well.

snobb | 4/5 |


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