We are very pleased to announce a new catalogue deal with the legendary musician and keyboard master Brian Auger on !K7 Label Group label Soul Bank Music.
Auger’s ground-breaking, genre busting catalogue reaches back to his early 60’s debut as an award-winning jazz piano prodigy, his transformation into a swinging London Hammond Organist via his groups’ The Steampacket and Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity. Credited by many as one of the earliest protagonists of jazz fusion, especially via his flagship 70s group Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express. Hailed as the ‘godfather of acid jazz’, a Grammy Nominee who is also the proud recipient of a US Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for his ‘contribution to the American art form of Jazz’ and is loved and lauded in equal measure by generations of musicians and fans.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fully re-issue nearly everything Brian has released, but to also finally unleash the vast number of musical gems from Brian’s own archive that have never been heard before, including live concerts and radio sessions, special collaborative projects with equally legendary artists, alternate versions and out-takes – it’s a goldmine of sounds from across his entire 60 year career”. – Greg Boraman, Soul Bank
Of this deal Brian states “It is a great pleasure to partner with Soul Bank Music and !K7. I’m delighted to be working with some of my best friends across the music industry, from Bill Smith’s (United Archiving, LA) diligent work on transferring my original master tapes, to Mark Ashfield (Cosmic Audio) who is making it all sound fantastic for the 21st century. Jaffa (The Unknown Partnership) is doing amazing work to ensure all the artwork is a dynamite package. And that Greg Boraman, who knows my music better than I do, is overseeing all this puts a huge smile on my face, I can barely wait for all these incredible new releases to hit the marketplace!”.
“Brian Auger is a legendary artist with an amazing reputation for being a progressive, musical trailblazer across many decades. We are proud to represent his catalogue and present it refreshed and revitalised, not only to his original fans, but also a whole new generation via Soul Bank Music.” – !K7 CEO Horst Weidenmueller
From digital, CD and vinyl reissues of Brian’s classic studio & live albums, many re-mastered from the original tapes, also provides the opportunity for 21st century producers and DJs to remix and sample Brian’s legendary recordings, and to also create new ‘spatial audio’ versions of some of his classic albums. Soul Bank/!K7 also represent this catalogue for synch and licensing.
As a tantalising glimpse of just some of the incredible music to come – the first release on Soul Bank Music is the compilation Auger Incorporated which spans 60 years of Brian Augers’ career and includes 7 previously unreleased tracks from Brian’s personal archive, including collaborations with Sonny Boy Williamson, Rod Stewart, Alex Ligertwood plus live concert tracks, radio and TV broadcasts by The Trinity & The Oblivion Express, and so much more. It’s available now on the Soul Bank website, Bandcamp or wherever you listen to music.