Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen

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... read moreDanish bass player Ørsted Pedersen was celebrated in the loftiest jazz circles for his virtuoisic technique--he was gifted with a deft and frenetic right hand and an ear for highly melodic basslines. He displayed an amazing facility on the bass while still in his mid-teens, and made his first record...

Key songs

The Puzzle
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen
5:04
Summer Song
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen
5:15
Derfor Kan Vort Oje Glaedes
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen
5:25
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen
3:57
Guilty, Your Honour
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen
5:56

Key albums

A Train
A Train
2017
Midnight
Midnight
2017
Django
Django
2017
Polka Dots
Polka Dots
2017

Biography

Active: 1960s-1990s
Country Of origin: Denmark

A virtuoso who mostly played in bop-oriented settings, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen was in great demand since he was a teenager. One of many superb European bassists to emerge during the 1960s, Pedersen originally studied piano before starting to play bass with Danish groups when he was 14. He had to reluctantly turn down Count Basie's offer to join his orchestra when he was just 17, but worked steadily as the house bassist at the Club Montmartre and as a member of the Danish Radio Orchestra.

Whenever American jazzmen passed through Scandinavia, they asked for Pedersen; during the 1960s he played with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell, and even Albert Ayler (although the latter's session was not too successful). In the 1970s, Pedersen was featured in a duo with Kenny Drew. Starting in the mid-'70s, he was an occasional member of the Oscar Peterson Trio and he recorded several dates as a leader for SteepleChase. Pedersen also recorded in many different settings for Pablo Records during the era. He remained very active until his sudden death in April 2005. He was 58. ~ Scott Yanow~ Rovi

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