Kjeld Lauritsen
"You play the same way I do. Just upside down". That remark - from the legendary bluespianist Champion Jack Dupree - changed Danish Hammond Organ player Kjeld Lauritsens musical life.
 
Before he used to be your typical jazz piano guy, with nice work in the right hand but a seemingly disabled left hand. Duprees primitive yet effective and swinging approach to music changed his view on the keyboard completely.
 
"I started to practice the left hand seriously" states Lauritsen, who later in his career has eliminated the bass player (he plays the bass line on the organ himself on a lot of gigs). "- I like the idea of instant composing" says Lauritsen, "playing keyboards and bass at the same time gives you a lot of freedom when you improvise".
 
Kjeld Lauritsen met Champion Jack Dupree when he was playing blues in The Kenn Lending Blues band, a hardworking group with steady work. Later he teamed up with one of the local jazz stars, tenor saxophonist Bob Rockwell (originally form New York) to form The Organizers, a jazzgroup playing everything from funky blues to jazz standards. The group has been very successful with concerts in jazzclubs and festivals.
Lauritsen also leads his own jazztrio in a classic Jimmy Smith format: Organ, guitar and drums. Recently he has been reaching out to a wider audience with appearances in the neighbouring countries. A record with Kjeld Lauritsen as a featured soloist with Klüvers Big Band from Aarhus, Denmark was released in 1997.
contact: kjeldlauritsen@kjeldlauritsen.dk
homepage: www.kjeldlauritsen.dk
myspace www.myspace.com/kjeldlauritsen
on tour Click on the logo to see Kjeld's tour dates.

 

Discography
Blues For People
Kenn Lending BB 55
recorded June 1985 in København/Denmark
Kenn Lending, guitars
Kjeld Lauritsen, organ, e-piano, accordeon, grand piano
Frank Larsen, drums, percussion
Svenni Svafnisson, bass
Champion Jack Dupree, grand piano
The Organizers
Olufsen Records DOCD 5159
recorded ??
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Bob Rockwell, sax
Ethan Weisgard, congas
Ole Rømer, drums
Live
Olufsen Records DOCD 5162
recorded ??
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Bob Rockwell, sax
Ethan Weisgard, congas
Ole Rømer, drums
Gaslight
Olufsen Records DOCD 5315
recorded ??
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Bob Rockwell, sax
Ethan Weisgard, congas
Ole Rømer, drums
Silver Street
Music Mecca CD 2065-2
recorded 1997 (?) in Østjylland/Denmark
Klüvers Big Band
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
+ 1
Olufsen Records DOCD 5375
recorded December 1998 in Denmark
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Bob Rockwell, sax
Ethan Weisgard, congas
Ole Rømer, drums
Randy Johnston, guitar
27.11.00
OCD 1100
recorded 27 December 2000 in København/Denmark
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Bob Rockwell, tenor sax
Esben Nach, drums
Klavs Nordsø, congas
Who's Blue?
Dragon Records DRCD 360
recorded June 2000 in Sweden
Pernille Bévort, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, flute
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond B-3 organ
Morten Lund, drums
Jesper Bodilsen, bass
Pelle Fridell, bass clarinet, tenor sax, flute
Per Gade, guitar
17.03.01
OCD 301
recorded 17 March 2001 in København/Denmark
Bob Rockwell, tenor sax
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond B-3 organ
Klavs Nordsø, congas
Esben Bach, drums
La Fontaine Live
Music Mecca CD 3060-2
recorded 31 March 2001 in København/Denmark
Anders Gaardmand, tenor sax
Bobo Moreno, vocals
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Per Gade, guitar
Esben Bach, drums
Fontaine Nights
Music Mecca CD 3080-2
recorded March 2002 in København/Denmark
Bob Rockwell, tenor sax
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Esben Bach, drums
Klavs Nordsø, congas
Uffe Steen, guitar
Freedom - The Vision
Linx LXD 115
recorded December 2002 at Ängelholm Church/Sweden
Johannes Landgren, church organ
Håkan Lewin, tenor sax
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Hammond Organ Jazz
Music Mecca CD 4064-2
recorded February 2004 at Greenhouse Studio/Denmark
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Per Gade, guitar
Esben Bach, drums
Fredrik Kronkvist, alto sax
Erling Kroner, trombone
Yes Yes Yes
Music Mecca CD 5005-2
recorded 2005 in Denmark
Bob Rockwell, sax, flute
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Esben Bach, drums
Per Gade, guitar
Ethan Weisgard, congas
Hammond Organ Swing
Music Mecca CD 5038-2
recorded spring 2007 in København/Denmark
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Esben Bach, drums
Per Gade, guitar
Bob Rockwell, alto sax
Erling Kroner, trombone
Anders Gaardman, tenor sax
Hans Ulrik, baritone sax
Klavs Nordsø, trombone
EKNMO B3
Focus FPCD6025
recorded February 2008 in København/Denmark
Erling Kroner, conductor, trombone
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond B-3 organ
Bjørn Ringkjøbing, trumpet, flugelhorn
Calle Lindberg, trombone
Niels Gerhardt, bass trombone, tuba
Morten Højring, guitar
Marie Louise Schmidt, piano
Graig Earle, double bass
Dennis Drud, drums
Hammond Time !
Music Mecca CD5068-2
recorded 2009 in København/Denmark
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond A100 organ
Anders Holm, drums
Per Gade, guitar
Learning To Smile
Music Mecca CD5092-2
recorded 2015 in København/Denmark
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Per Gade, guitar
Søren Frost, drums
Daybreak
Storyville Records
September 2014 in Aarhus/Denmark
Sigurđur Flosason, alto sax
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond B-3 organ
Jacob Fischer, guitar
Kristian Leth, drums
Live At Montmartre
Storyville 1018458
recorded November 2017 live at Montmartre in København/Denmark
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Krister Jonsson, guitar
Andreas Svendsen, drums
Blue Concept
Breakout Records

Per Thornberg, tenor sax
Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ
Andreas Svendsen, drums

 
Sound Samples
MP3 "Organized Riff", from the album "+ 1"
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