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Here’s ‘Augery’ Worth Listening To

May 5, 2009

Although this site is primarily about west coast musicians, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Brianbrian10 Auger’s two-night stand that starts at Hermann’s tomorrow (Wednesday) night .

“Legend” is an overused term but it definitely applies to the British-born Auger whose forty-plus-year career as a premier keyboard and Hammond B3 player includes stints with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison and Eric Burdon.

Known as “the godfather of acid jazz,” Auger combines jazz, rock, soul and funk to produce a unique sound that has garnered a Grammy nomination and ten albums charting in Billboard’s top 100. More significant, though, are the accolades from other players, including jazz great Herbie Hancock who called Auger, “one of the best B-3 artists I have ever heard in my life,” adding that “the amount of energy he generates is unparalleled and relentless,” and “he is a tremendous talent with a wonderfully warm and compassionate personality.”

Auger’s current version of the Oblivion Express includes his son Karma on drums, his daughter Savannah on lead vocals, and Derek Frank on electric bass. The quartet has been touring throughout North America and Europe and has had successful recent appearances at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

From all accounts his shows are high-energy, high-quality affairs enjoyed by jazz and cross-over fans alike. You can learn more about Auger and hear some of his music at his website http://www.brianauger.com/

Tickets ($25/$28) for this High Tide Entertainment event are available at Lyle’s, Ditch Records, or on line at hightideconcerts.net

– Rick Gibbs

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