Brian Auger - Anthology Vol. 2Freestyle
"Anthology Vol. 2" is the second installment of remastered recordings from pianist/organist Brian Auger. Once again Auger seamlessly weaves between bebop and greasy soul jazz with enormous results. Auger puts his stamp on jazz classics such as "Love For Sale" and "All Blues", the latter featuring vocals by Julie Driscoll. "Funky Mama" and the Art Blakey classic "Moanin" find him stretching out on the hammond B3. There's also a number of tunes recorded by Auger's seventies band the Oblivion Express. "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" is one and "Straight Ahead" is another. The latter is a touch of fusion highlighted by funky wah wah guitar rhythms and Auger on keyboards. "Black Octopus", never before released features the Herbie Hancock 70s fusion band The Headhunters is another delight as well. There's much to enjoy here so pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy fifty years of brilliance from Mr Auger.
Reg Dancy, 01/17