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Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen

The double bass came a long way in jazz between the 1930s and the 1960s, from plodding marker of the beat and the chord change to fully-fledged countermelodic, and sometimes even frontline instrument. The career of the Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, who has died aged 58, was a product of that evolution and a significant contribution to it. In jazz circles, he was usually referred to simply as NHOP. He was a bass virtuoso, who made his unwieldy instrument sound almost impossibly agile. Like a finger-style guitarist, he could pluck the heavy strings with all four fingers of his right hand, where most bassists relied on repeated leverage from one finger, or two at the most. The turn of speed this gave NHOP allowed jazz's classic "walking bassline" to be played at the most frenetic tempos, and over sustained periods behind soloists

Johnny Griffin: At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall

Read "At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Quando queste tracce vengono registrate ad Amburgo, nel 1975, il jazz è forse nel suo momento più critico, abbandonato da ampie fette di pubblico, sedotto o dalla più muscolare fusion o dal rock progressivo. A dispetto della nascita di decine di nuove formazioni e dell'incremento delle produzioni discografiche, specie negli Usa si era perso quel senso ...

The Duo - Live!

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: CD1: Whisper Not; Sophisticated Lady; Mood Indigo; All The Things You Are; Take The A Train. CD2: I’m Old Fashioned; In My Solitude; Autumn Leaves; Caravan.

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Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen & Mulgrew Miller: The Duo - Live!

Read "The Duo - Live!" reviewed by Chris Mosey

After admiring each other's playing from afar for years, Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and American pianist Mulgrew Miller got together in 1999 to record a promotional album of Duke Ellington numbers for the hi-fi company Bang & Olufsen. They enjoyed it so much that the following year they got together again for ...

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Benny Golson: Germany, 1993

Benny Golson: Germany, 1993

In 1993, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson was in Germany for a reunion of sorts with vibraphonist Milt Jackson and trumpeter Art Farmer. They were teamed with guitarist Ulf Wakenius, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and drummer Jonas Johansen. The last time Benny was with both Jackson and Farmer was on Bags' Opus, a Milt Jackson record date ...

Take Five With Mário Franco

Read "Take Five With Mário Franco" reviewed by Mario Franco

Meet Mario Franco: Mário Franco was born in 1965 and started music lessons when he was four years old in Centro Estudos Gregorianos. Franco studied music theory with Maria José Godinho then with Cristina Brito da Cruz in the Academia de Amadores De Música. During his time at Academia Amadores De Música, he initated double ...

Take Five With Wolf Nilson

Read "Take Five With Wolf Nilson" reviewed by Wolf Nilson

Meet Wolf Nilson:I studied bass guitar at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1999 to 2002, and at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule fur Musik from 2002 to 2003. Ever since, I've been playing in Berlin. I formed my own trio in 2009, and last year we started playing at the Quasimodo once or twice per ...

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Donald Vega: Spiritual Nature

Read "Spiritual Nature" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Some musicians willingly praise anybody who simply picks up an instrument, but bassist Ron Carter isn't known to be one of them. The legendary bass master has incredibly high standards and a reputation for telling it like it is, so an endorsement from Carter really means something. The fact that he hails Donald Vega as “the ...

Jazzhus Montmartre: The Legend Continues

Read "Jazzhus Montmartre: The Legend Continues" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

To jazz listeners around the world, the word “Montmartre" has a very special meaning. It is a word that conjures an image, not of French cafés and bohemian painters, as one might expect, but of an intimate little jazz venue in the middle of Copenhagen which once attracted some of the very best jazz musicians in ...

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Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz: Two Not One

Read "Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz: Two Not One" reviewed by Nic Jones

Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz Two Not One Storyville 2009 The cumulative impression of this four-disc reissue of sets tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz recorded in the 1970s is one of exceptional creativity. Both men were and are masters of the art of never ...


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