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Creole Connections / Gunnar Larsen


Release Date: 02/10/2015 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1070   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernesto NazarethLouis Moreau GottschalkAstor PiazzollaDavid T. Roberts,   ... 
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Morten Gunnar Larsen (born 1 October 1955) is a Norwegian jazz musician (piano) and composer, well known for several stride piano recordings and collaborations.

Larsen studied classical piano at Norges Musikkhøgskole (1978). In 1975 he made his debut recording, Classic Rags and Stomps, for which he won Spellemannprisen 1976. He next founded Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra in 1977 and performed with stride pianist Eubie Blake, to whom Larsen composed Memories of Eubie. Larsen worked in New Orleans over longer periods of time, resulting in a tour and the performance One mo' time (1979–81) written by Vernel Bagneris.

Larsens collaboration with Bagneris continued with the performance Jelly Roll!! - the music and
Read more the man, dedicatedJelly Roll Morton, and performed at Oslo Jazzfestival 1990. It also had eleven months at Off-Broadway (1994–95) and published as CD (GHB, 1996). This work gave Larsen the OBIE Award 1995. He had earlier received the Buddy Awardog Foreningen norske jazzmusikeres «Årets jazzmusiker» (1992) in his home country Norway. He participated in several recordings in the Magnolia Jazzband (1974–93) and Ytre Suløens Jassensemble up until 1992 and has participated in Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo (2011–Present).

This recording is a wonderful example of Larsen as a performer, performing works by Piazzolla, Gottschalk, Ernesto Nazareth and many others, creating a toe-tapping disc which will have you listening again and again to this recording.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Labirinto by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Batuque by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Carioca by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Danza for Piano, RO 66/Op. 33 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Antilles 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
O ma charmante, épargnez-moi, RO 182/Op. 44 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Antilles 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Suis-moi!, RO 253/Op. 45 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Antilles 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8.
Mazurka for Piano in F sharp minor by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
History of the Tango: Retrato d'Alfredo Gobbi by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Argentina 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
La muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
11.
Maria Antonieta Pons, for piano by David T. Roberts
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
12.
Te quiero tanto by Ignacio Cervantes
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1895; Cuba 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
13.
A la Antigua by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
14.
La comparsa, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: Cuba 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
Tenebroso by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
16.
Nenê by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Turbilhao de beijos (Whirlwind of Kisses), waltz for piano by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
18.
Vem Cá, Branquinha by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
19.
Venezuelan Little Tune, for piano by Lionel Belasco
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
20.
Danza, for piano No. 2 by Hal Isbitz
Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Rainbow Studio, Oslo 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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