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Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen

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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

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Buried Treasure from Germany's MPS Label

Read "Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Jim Hall: Buried Treasure from Germany's MPS Label" reviewed by Chris May


Between its founding in 1968 and sale in 1983, the original incarnation of the recently revived German label MPS—the initials stand for Musik Produktion Schwarzwald (Music Production Black Forest)—notched up around five hundred releases. Some were recorded in the US by American musicians, many more were recorded in Europe and featured bands made up of European ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners

Read "Coltrane's Progeny: Giant Steps for Late Beginners" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


For many listeners, the name John Coltrane is synonymous with the tune “Giant Steps." Whether or not you happen to agree with the proposition that this was the “greatest" or most important composition Coltrane ever recorded—for some, it would be “My Favorite Things," and for still others, “A Love Supreme." This is not an attempt, largely ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Meet Mulgrew Miller

Read "Meet Mulgrew Miller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2002. All About Jazz: You were born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and grew up listening to blues, gospel and R&B music. What attracted you to jazz? Mulgrew Miller: The thing that pulled me toward jazz was jazz itself. By ...

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Article: Year in Review

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2020

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Everyone knows how odd 2020 was. Nonetheless, artists around the globe put out some outstanding music as struggles to meet the new challenges continued. Creativity reigns supreme. There was a lot of music I didn't get to here, but here are some recordings that registered high marks. Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride ...

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Tokyo 1975

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Fried Bananas; Days of Wine and Roses; Misty; Jelly, Jelly, Jelly; Rhythm-a-Ning; Old Folks.

Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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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Article: Album Review

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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News: Video / DVD

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 ...


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