by Anne Carlini
David Larsen, G2 and You
|Title – G2 and You / Bright Days [Double EP]
Artist – David Larsen
For those not in the know, David Larsen (saxophonist, composer, educator) is the director of instrumental studies at Spokane Falls Community College.He holds a PhD from Washington State University and degrees from Pacific University, University of Oregon & Western Oregon University.
David has been a presenter/performer for the Jazz Education Network, North American Saxophone Alliance and several other conferences and festivals and he is also an active adjudicator and works with various festivals around the US.
Recently, David appeared on the Origin Records release New Normal (2021) by Greg Yasinitsky and was featured on the award-winning Halie Loren album Butterfly Blue (2015), with his previous releases including Borrowed Time (2018), One of a Kind (2016), Night Shift (1016), and both The Mulligan Chronices and Deviate from Standards (both 2021).
David has two EPs on the G2 record label. The first, G2 and You, was released in December of 2021 internationally, and Bright Days was released in January of 2022.
G2 for You / Bright Days have now been lovingly combined into this one eight-track album, for U.S. consumption.
G2 and You:
Opening on the lushly orchestrated quartet that makes up G2 and You, we first get treated to the languishing beauty of the smokey Angel Eyes and the gently perky, finger-snapping hipsway of Another Porter Please and they are in turn backed by the laid back, summer meadow-yearning ambiance of In Your Own Sweet Way and then the quietly fervent nature of Latin Silver is brought forth.
The Bright Days quartet portion opens with the upright bass-imbibed rhythms of Autumn Leaves and then leads us willingly into the upbeat and flourishing Bright Days, before next showcasing the late night club appeal of Come Rain or Come Shine, the entire recording closing on the ornate piano and sax gossamer of Through and Through.
David has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Halie Loren.
David is also an active composer. His published works cover a wide variety of styles and genres. His compositions have won numerous awards including JW Peppers Editor’s Choice for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
His music has been performed and recorded by a wide variety of groups around the U.S. and abroad. His compositions and arrangements have been played by Washington State University, University of Oregon, and others around the country.