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Brian Auger Keeps Family Together In Oblivion (Express)

Of the Oakland Press

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The family that plays together stays together — at least in the Auger clan.

The latest edition of pioneering British rock-jazz fusion keyboardist Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express features two of his children — daughter Savannah on vocals and son Karma on drums. The latter also produced the new concert album and DVD “Live at the Baked Potato.”

“We all get on like a house on fire,” says Auger, 68, who was in the bands The Steampacket and Trinity, before forming the Oblivion Express in 1970. “It’s a great joy to be able to have them out with me. They’re fantastic performers, so this is probably the happiest time in my career so far. There’s no problem on either side.”

Auger is working on a couple of projects outside the Oblivion Express these days. He hopes to put together “a definitive Steampacket” retrospective, memorializing the group whose lineup included future stars Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry and Julie Driscoll. And he’s plotting what he calls “a Hammond organ big band album,” which may be his next recording projects.

“I think I should write some things for that,” Auger says. “I might do a couple of tributes to Jimmy Smith and maybe some other players. But I’d probably write some music for it, too, just so there’s something fresh. We’ll see how it develops.”

Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express performs Sunday (March 30) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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