egroj world: Kjeld Lauritsen, The Organizers ‎• Fontaine Nights

sábado, 24 de junio de 2017

Kjeld Lauritsen, The Organizers ‎• Fontaine Nights

Kjeld Lauritsen is one of the few remaining jazz organ players who plays the big Hammond Organ with rotating leslie speakers and bass pedals.
These two Scandinavian offerings could not be more different or enjoyable. Tenor Saxophonist Anders Gaardmand bar-walks his way through ten B-3-oozing standards in a manner bordering on sentimental schmaltz, but fortunately never quite getting there. La Fontaine Live is the documentation of a Chitlin' Circuit Danish Sinatra singing in front of the Texas Tenor cum Scandinavia of the Gaardmand—(Red) Holloway axis. Old war-horses like "Misty" and "Old Folks" are peppered with the more contemporary fare of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and the Beatles' "Long and Winding Road." Bobo Moreno's vocals are believable, as are Gaardmand's solos. The glue for this disc and the next is organist Kjeld Lauritsen, who single handedly saves Fontaine from being something else altogether. Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with Fontaine. But it is not as serious as The Organizers + 1.
On the Organizers + 1, the standard tenor—organ trio is augmented with the congas of Ethan Weisgard. The music is groovin' and but not too greasy, though the blues are very much in evidence. Eddie Harris' "1974 Blues" is very cool and funky and an antiseptic sort of way. That is to say that this music tend to be more squeeky clean than down and dirty. It is crisp and exciting and should give any organ jazz aficionado a good listen for their money. The cold country of Northern European is indeed the spawning palace of some of the best jazz being made. Generally better known for their big bands, these two recordings show that small Scandinavian groups can function at the very same high standards.

1. Fontaine Nights
2. Brobizz
3. Jazzgirls
4. Phil's Delight
5. Bye Bye Baby
6. Born To Be Blue
7. Blues For Jimmy
8. Where Or When
9. Portrait Of Jennie
10. Jumpstart

Kjeld Lauritsen, Hammond organ; Per Gade, guitar; Esben Bach, drums; Fredrik Kronkvist, alto sax; Erling Kroner, trombone.

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