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Brian Auger

Back to the Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology

Freestyle Records

Released: 4th September 2015 | 24 track jazz-funk album

Brian Auger - lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, his tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard 'Groove' Holmes and The Main Ingredient.

Taking the path less traveled, indeed, forging a new path guided by one's own individual musical instincts certainly would not be the most obvious and easiest route to creative and commercial success. However, Brian Auger has always displayed a fiercely independent and single minded approach to his music - and after over 50 years of doing just that, has firmly secured his reputation as an award winning and much loved musical innovator, award winning jazz piano prodigy, a Swinging 60's London scenester, early jazz fusion protagonist, the godfather of acid jazz, a 2014 Hammond Organ Hall of Fame Inductee, as well as being known as a generous, hilarious and warm hearted human being.

This 24 track, career spanning anthology covers over 50 years of Brian Auger's music - from his poll winning jazz piano trio, classic and slept on tracks by Julie Driscoll & The Trinity, his pioneering 70's jazz fusion outfit The Oblivion Express and includes rare tracks and new material from his Grammy Nominated, award winning life in music - as well as material from his forthcoming brand new live album Live In Los Angeles with original Oblivion Express vocalist Alex Ligertwood back on vocal duties

Back To The Beginning is a celebration of one of music's great innovators, a musician's musician who's playing also speaks directly to the heart of whoever is listening. After over 50 years as a ground breaking professional player, his skills and spirit remain undiminished, one who still promotes a simple and always relevant message - Peace Through Music.

"Brian Auger is one of the best B3 artists I have ever heard in my life. His technique is awesome and the amount of energy he generates is unparalleled and relentless. He is a tremendous talent with a wonderfully warm and compassionate personality, a combination that is hard to beat. He deserves all the accolades."
Herbie Hancock
"Brilliant comp of Brian Auger's finest recording moments, crammed full of all things Jazz-Funk, Rhythm & Blues and inspirational Soul. Quality from the 1st to the last cut. Wonderful & LOVE-BIG TIME!"
Dr BOB JONES, www.mi-soul.com
"A true master at work. This is all killer, absolutely no filler. Will be playing it to death over the coming months."
Mr Jason, Breakthru Radio - NYC
"A weighty piece of work from one of Britain's best love Hammond players.A real humdinger of a compilation,from cool 60's work out to funky fusion blessedness,highly recommended"
Emrys Baird, Blues & Soul
"One of my all-time favourite keyboardists, on one of my all-time favourite record labels! We're blessed to have the music collected, continuing to carry the torch for this legendary musician!"
Greg Vickers, Urban Modernists Radio | Afternoons In Stereo
"You can't mess with the master! Pure class."
Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45s
"A great selection documenting the life of a magnificent talent"
Andy Sharp, Stomp Radio
"So good to hear the full spectrum of Augers work - a much needed anthology"
Phil Levene, back2backfm
"Pure legendary!!! All around!!"
Jamal Ahmad, Jazz 91.9fm WCLK Atlanta
"He is The Man!"
Huey Morgan, BBC6 Music