Brian Auger: Listen Here
Brian Auger and The Trinity
Auger Rhythms (Ghosttown QSCD 4028)
Brian Auger (keyboards),
Gary Boyle (guitar), Dave Ambrose, Roger Sutton (basses), Clive Thacker, Mickey Waller, Barry Reeves, Colin Allen (drums).
Composed by Eddie Harris.
Recorded: London, 1970
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Brian Auger is much better known in Europe than in America. The keyboardist has been in the thick of the English jazz and R&B movement for 40 years. He was one of only a handful of musicians to successfully incorporate R&B, jazz, rock, soul and pop into a homogenized mix in the '60s. Luckily for him, much of it met with commercial success in Great Britain. It can rightly be said that Auger had a hand or two in planting the seeds of jazz-fusion. Auger wasn't just one of these guys who tried to sound like everyone else. He was a thinking man's musician. His take on Eddie Harris's hit "Listen Here" is a perfect example.
Auger wanted a unique sound to best express his version of the Harris pop-jazz piece. He wanted it to sound more like a rock record. That was a unique thought in 1970. So he augmented his popular group at the time by adding another bassist and three more drummers! That makes for one heavy beat and a deep groove. Auger plays a rolling Hammond organ and a pounding piano. Boyle's guitar pierces through the fireworks. Auger's solo is in your face. This is a Traffic jam on human growth hormone. The power of this performance is quite overwhelming. Auger says Eddie Harris told him it was his favorite cover of his composition. I have no doubt.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky