Good day Flea Market Funk Family! First off, let me apologize for being kind of distant to emails, comments, etc. for the last month or so. I’ve been really consumed with some “real world stuff” that has taken me away from one of my most favorite things to do, which is write Flea Market Funk. I do have a list of e mails, phone calls, and the like that I have to get to, so just realize I’m not blowing you off, I just have some life stuff that is getting in the way at times here at FMF. I pulled this record out, because I thought that at a troubling time, I could turn to a record that always made me feel good, and that it was a pretty good cover of the original as well. This post may be short, but here’s Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express with “Inner City Blues” from 1973 on RCA Records.
Born in London, England in 1939, Auger grew up listening to Jazz, and learned keyboards from an early age. By the early 60’s he was on the club circuit, and in 1964, after winning “Best Jazz Piano” and a “New Star” accolade from Melody Maker, he would expand the Jazz sound of the Brian Auger Trio to a the Rhythm and Blues sound of the Brian Auger Trinity (who now featured guitarist John McLaughlin) as well as a saxophone player. Auger’s many incarnations as a musician and the personnel he used throughout the many stages of his bands would include players such as Jimmy Page, Sonny Boy Williamson, Rod Stewart, and Julie Driscoll. The thing that always drew me in on Auger’s music was the B-3 sound. I fell in love with it of course with my early Jazz exploration, and when I heard Auger for the first time, I immediately bought everything I came across. Auger’s career has stretched from the 60’s to the 00’s, finally resting in an Oblivion Express reunion as recent as 2000. Although his lineups had changed throughout the years, his Jazz passion always shined through, whether it was an independent label (Marmalade) or majors such at Atco or RCA. Auger is a gifted musician and leader, and his version of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues”.
To quote Marvin:
“Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life”
I think Auger and company do this side justice.
See you soon. Keep Diggin’!