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Neil Larsen
Neil (* 1948 in Cleveland, OH) grew up in Sarasota, FL. He learnt piano, drawing inspiration from jazz artists John Coltrane, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and from contemporary rock acts. In 1969, he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. During his time in Vietnam, he worked as a band director, co-ordinating musical entertainment for US armed forces personnel. After his discharge, he moved to New York to work as a musician.
While in New York in the early 1970s, Neil wrote television jingles and played on sessions for various recording artists. He formed the band Full Moon with jazz guitarist Buzz Feiten, and their self-titled debut album was released in 1972. Larson was briefly a member of the Soul Survivors. He contributed as keyboardist, writer and arranger on their 1974 self-titled album on the TSOP label. He began touring as a member of Gregg Allman's band in 1975.
In 1977, Neil relocated to Los Angeles. Neil's first album, Jungle Fever, was released in September 1978. He toured the US in support of the release with a band that included Feiten.
Neil collaborated further with Feiten in the jazz-rock fusion groups the Larsen Facts Band and the Larsen-Feiten Band. The latter released The Larsen-Feiten Band in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. He has also recorded and toured with guitarist Robben Ford, who contributed to Neil's 2007 album Orbit.
His compositions have also been recorded by George Benson and Gregg Allman, among others. Neil took part in Miles Davis' Rubberband sessions in 1985-86. His song "Carnival" was later adapted by Davis into the piece "Carnival Time".
Neil has worked as a session musician for many rock artists, including Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Kenny Loggins and Don McLean. He was the pianist and musical arranger for the 20th Century Fox Television show Boston Legal, and musical director for jazz singer Al Jarreau.
From 2008, he toured and recorded as a member of Leonard Cohen's band. Neil performed on Cohen's Old Ideas album and on the singer's final world tour, in 2012-13. Cohen regularly introduced him on stage as "today's foremost exponent of the Hammond B-3 organ".
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High Gear
Horizon Records SP-738
released 1979
recorded in Hollywood, CA/USA
Neil Larsen, keyboards
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Joe Farrell, flute
Howard "Buzz" Feiten, guitar
Abraham Laboriel, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Larsen-Feiten Band
Warner Bros. Records BSK 3468
released 1980
recorded in Santa Monica, CA and Hollywood, CA/USA
Neil Larsen, keyboards, vocals
Buzz Feiten, guitar, vocals
Larry Williams, tenor sax
Kim Hutchcroft, alto sax
Chuck Findley, trumpet
Bill Reichenbach, trumpet, trombone
Willie Weeks, bass
Art Rodriguez, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
I'm Your Baby Tonight
Arista 261 039
released 1990
track 11:
Whitney Houston, vocals
Gary Bias, alto sax
Steve Tavaglione, tenor sax
Kirk Whalum, tenor sax
Reggie Young, trombone
Michael "Patches" Stewart, trumpet
Raymond L. Brown, trumpet
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Neil Larsen, Hammond B-3 organ
Wayne Linsey, piano
Rickey Minor, synthesizer
Ricky Lawson, drums, percussion
Uptown Groove
Zebra Records ZD 44002
recorded in Hollywood, CA and New York, NY/USA
Zachary Breaux, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Gary Herbig, horn
Harry Kim, horn
Hubert Laws, flute
Ted Dunbar, guitar
Steve Lukather, guitar
Neil Larsen, organ
Jeff Lorber, keyboards, synthesizer
Rob Mullins, keyboards
Mark Portmann, keyboards, synthesizer
Rex Rideout, synthesizer
Renee Rosnes, piano
Lee Oskar, harmonica
Brian Bromberg, bass
Kenny Davis, bass
Harvey Mason sr., drums
Lewis Nash, drums
Luis Enrique, percussion
High Life
Universal Music UPCH-1023

Hirokazu Ogura, guitar, bouzouki
Brandon Fields, tenor sax, baritone sax
Nick Lane, trombone
Greg Adams, trumpet
Chuck Findley, trumpet
Earle Dumler, oboe, English horn
Yoshiyuki Sahashi, guitar
Neil Larsen, Hammond B-3 organ
string section
Tony Levin, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Luis Conte, percussion
Marie Oishi, percussion
Bring It On Home...The Soul Classics
Burgundy Records 82876 85489 2
recorded in New Yoprk, NY; Hollywood, CA; Franklin, TN; New Orleans, LA/USA
Aaron Neville, vocals
Dan Higgins, sax
David Sanborn, sax
David Woodford, sax
Chris Botti, trumpet
Lee Thornburg, trumpet
Ray Parker jr., guitar
Heitor Pereira, guitar
Neil Larsen, organ, piano
Art Neville, organ
Joe Sample, piano
"Ready" Freddie Washington, bass
James Gadson, drums
Jack Ashford, tambourine
Lenny Castro, percussion
Chaka Khan, vocals
Mavis Staples, vocals
It's All A Groove
Urban Zone 1022
recorded in Hollywood, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Northridge, CA/USA
Jerry Stucker, guitar
Ernie Watts, sax
Skip Mesquite, sax
Doc Kupka, baritone sax
Mic Gillette, trombone, trumpet
Eddie Henderson, trumpet
Neil Larsen, organ, piano
Shota Osabe, piano
Rodney Franklin, piano
Mark Kaye, clavinet
Freddie Washington, bass
Paul Jackson, bass
John Costalupes, bass
Gary Brown, bass
James Gadson, drums
Paul van Wageningen, drums
Mike Clark, drums
Kenneth Nash, percussion, vocals
Roberto Quintana, percussion
Tony Adamo, vocals
Straight Up Deal
Urban Zone 7911
recorded in Hollywood, CA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Northridge, CA/USA
Tony Adamo, vocals
Skip Mesquite, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax
Stephen "Doc" Kupka, baritone sax
Melecio Magdaluyo, sax
Ernie Watts, sax
Mic Gillette, trombone, trumpet
Eddie Henderson, trumpet
Jerry Stucker, guitar
Neil Larsen, organ, piano
Rodney Franklin, piano
Shota Osabe, piano
Mark Kaye, clavinet
Gary Brown, bass
Paul Jackson, bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington, bass
Mike Clark, drums
James Gadson, drums
Paul van Wageningen, drums
Kenneth Nash, percussion
Roberto Quintana, bongos, percussion

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