A couple of years ago, I got a call from producers Phil Bunch and Franck Balloffet, (known as “Tea”) who at that time were producing “Dreams”, a world music album featuring African musicians and singers. They asked me if I would be interested in adding some Hammond Organ and Fender Rhodes.
I thought the tracks were great, and duly added some organ solos and Rhodes accompaniment. Some of these tracks, including “Ibiza”, got a lot of airplay on World Radio. Last year, Phil and Franck asked me if I would be interested in making a Brian Auger album, and, if so, they would prepare some rhythm tracks for me to listen to. I agreed, and out of a dozen or so tracks, six of these immediately triggered vivid pictures for me, as well as melodic and harmonic musical ideas, and lyrics. I have dedicated the last track to my wife and mother of my children, Ella.
I want to thank and congratulate Phil and Franck for the constant enthusiasm and musicianship they have demonstrated throughout this project in the drive to make the best music we can. With Phil’s handling of the percussion and keys, and Franck’s great expertise with his guitar textures, and solos, I couldn’t have felt more at home ‘flying free’ on the keys. Special thanks also, to our guests Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter, Julian Coryell, Karma Auger, Savannah Auger, Remi Kabaka and André Manga for their great performances.
– BRIAN AUGER Venice California July 2011