There are a number of stand-out keyboard players in the world, and Brian Auger is undoubtedly one of them. He started out as a jazz pianist in the early sixties, leaving the genre in favour of the emerging R & B movement. He formed The Trinity with John McLaughlin ( guitar ), Rick Laird ( bass ), Glen Hughes( no, a different one! ), on sax, and Phil Kinnora on drums.This line-up only lasted a few months, with McLaughlin and Laird later emerging in Mahavishnu Orchestra in the mid-seventies. Subsequent Trinity line-ups included Micky Waller and face-of-the-sixties singer, Julie Driscoll. When The Trinity broke up in mid 1970, Auger went on to form The Oblivion Express with the likes of drummer Robbie McIntosh and vocalist Alex Ligertwood. The Oblivion Express was a fantastic fusion /rock outfit, sometimes touching on the odd bit of funk, and Auger's keyboard work was dominant throughout. He's equally at home on the piano as he is on the Hammond organ, a instrument which, when he gets going on it, sounds as if it was taylor-made for this great keyboard player. The entire Brain Auger collection is now available on CD, and all the albums are certainly worth checking out. If Alex Ligertwood's name rings a bell, you probably remember him as one of the vocalists in Santana.
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Freedom Jazz Dance, from "Second Wind", released in 1972. This was the 7th album bearing this great k eyboard player's name. His roots go way back to the sixties when he started out as a jazz pianist. He formed the Trinity with the likes of John (Mahavisnu O rchestra) McLaughlin, although this collaboration only lasted a few months. He also had a short stint with Steampacket (Long John Baldry, Mick Fleetwood, etc), before teaming up with Julie Driscoll. Auger formed The Oblivion Express when the Trinity broke up in 1970 - "Second Wind" was actually the third Oblivion Express album, and it featured Alex Ligertwood on vocals (later to f eature with Santana, Dixie Dregs and Steve Morse), Jim Mullen on guitar (later to team up with ex-If sax player and leader Dick Morrisey in the Morrisey Mullen Band), Robbie McIntosh on drums (later to feature with the Average White Band. He subsequently died of a heroin overdose on 23 September 1974, the stupid schmuck), and Barry Dean on bass. If you're a regular Dinosaur Days listener, you'll no doubt know by now how highly we regard Mr. Auger as a composer and musician. He's kept the Oblivion Express name going, releasing a new album," Voices of Other Times", with his daughter Savannah on vocals and his son, Karma, on drums (and production), in 2000.
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