Back in 1969, I bought an album based on the cover art and title alone: “Street Noise” by Brian Auger and the Trinity
Turned out, it became one of my favorite albums.
First, I was into the Hammond B-3 organ having been big fan of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, and Wild Bill Davis - Auger came right up to that level of playing and innovation on the electric piano and Hammond B-3..
The real treat is the collaboration with Julie Driscoll who’s singing turned an otherwise good album into a classic.
As a Jazz singer, Driscoll has a unique vocal stylings draw you into the a song. Her cover of Nina Simone’s “Take me to the Water” is brilliant. Her presence on the album takes it to another level.
The cover of "All Blues" (Miles Davis/Oscar Brown), is a richly woven piece of work.
Driscoll recorded one other album with Auger, “Open,” 1968. Driscoll’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Save Me” can’t be ignored, and she truly does justice to the song. There’s also an obscure, haunting Blues tune, “Road to Cairo” that will stick in your mind forever
These two albums are among the very few I can listen to without skipping over tracks - every cut is interesting. There’s not a disappointing, “filler” cut on either of these two albums.
If I were to attempt to put the albums in a labelled bag, I’d say they lean more toward Jazz than anything else.