Morten Gunnar Larsen
- Type CD
- Label Lawo Classics
- UPC 7090020180823
- Catalog number LWC 1070
- Release date 21 November 2014
About the album
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.
11Odeon – Tango Brasileiro
12Labirinto – Tango Brasileiro
13Batuque – Tango Caracteristico
14Carioca – Tango
15Danza, Op. 33
16O, Ma Charmante, épargnez-Moi! – Caprice
17Suis Moi! – Caprice
19Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi – Tango
110La muerte del angel – Tango
111Danza No. 2 – For Morten Gunnar Larsen
112Maria Antonieta Pons
113) Te Quiero Tanto!
114A La Antigua
116Tenebroso – Tango
117Nenê – Tango
118Turbilhão de beijos – Valsa Lenta
119Vem cá, branquinha – Tango
120Venezuelan Little Tune