Creole Connections / Gunnar Larsen

Release Date: 2/10/2015
Label: Lawo Classics
Catalog Number: LWC1070
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

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