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6.2.09

Olav Wernersens Kvartett

Olav Wernersen was born in 1936 in Fredrikstad, Norway, where Roald Amundsen was born, too. Since childhood he became interested in accordeon and showed a big talant in it. In 1952 he won Scandinavian accordeon contest, aired on radio and soon went on tour with popular Norwegian singer Jens Book-Jenssen.

Back in Oslo he played with several dance orchestras (i.e. Bristolorkesteret and Alf Søgaard orkester) in restaurants "Humlen". At that time he also practiced and played on double-bass. He was much interested in popular music and recorded lots of dance tunes since 1954 together with his ensembles. Olav have been composing his own music, too.

In 1960 he went and settled down in Sweden, where he continued to play accordeon and double-bass and study music with famous teachers, like professor Knut Gulbrandson and studied harmony with Josef Brinnè. Olav was great figure on Swedesh jazz scene, played with talented swdesh and foreign musicians, like Dizzy Gillespie. In 2004 he was honored with Stockgolm Musical Academy award.

Here is his first record on 78 rpm issued on Odeon label. These tracks were recorded by Olav Wernersen quartet on February 23, 1954 in Oslo. First track is an international jazz hit "Whispering", which is one of my favorite tunes. The second track is a famous Russian tune called "The Dark Eyes". Note, that Olav was only 18 when he recorded these.

Olav Wernersens Kvartett
Whispering / Sorte Øyne
Odeon ND 7189 (1954)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Yayo Salva said...

Fantastic!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

 
Blogger Karel said...

:) I agree!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

 

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