Today we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the greats – Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – who was born on this day in 1946. Here’s the bass great performing “Oleo” with guitarist Joe Pass on October 24, 1992 at the Jazz Baltica festival in Germany. Happy birthday, NHØP. You are missed!
Every time I watch or listen to NHØP, I have to stop everything else I’m doing. His jaw-dropping virtuosity and sheer technicality is unmatched. Here’s an awesome clip of the Great Dane ripping up the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves”. He starts the song off with a tip of the hat to Jaco Pastorius by playing part of the electric bassist’s...
Here’s an incredibly energetic duet by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Tania Maria. NHØP is in his usual top-notch form with ridiculous speed and agility. Check out his masterful right hand technique at the 2:12 mark, and then be ready to want to practice.
Today, we celebrate the birthday of one of the greats: Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. NHØP, as we all like to call him, started out on piano but thankfully picked up the bass at age 14. He went on to have a major impact on the instrument, expanding on the work of another bass innovator, Scott LaFaro. From the 1960’s until his...
Here’s a super performance by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (who introduces the tune) along with guitarists Larry Coryell and Phillip Catherine. The trio plays Oscar Pettiford’s “Blues in the Closet”, trading solos along the way.
This gem of a video showcases the brilliance of Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen as much as any we’ve seen. If anyone knows where this clip is from, please drop a note in the comments. We’d love to see more.
Twenty-five years ago, the audience at the Philharmonie in Berlin got to see the Oscar Peterson Trio tear it up on stage. Thankfully, the tape was rolling. The trio includes Peterson on piano, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Martin Drew.
Check out this smoking live video from 1983 of the amazing Oscar Peterson Big 4 band featuring this lineup: Piano: Oscar Peterson Guitar: Joe Pass Double Bass: Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Drums: Martin Drew The tune is called “On Danish Shore” and starts with NHØP laying down the melody and soloing like only he could.
Here’s a terrific recording of the Oscar Peterson Quartet, performing “Samba Petit” at the Münchner klaviersommer, in 1994. Even better, it includes a solo by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.
Two amazing bassists playing the jazz classic “There Is No Greater Love.” Both bassists show some serious chops in their solos, NHØP plays close to light-speed on his upright and and Ray Brown is his usual incredible self.
Our Twitter friend Flemmingdoerken; shared this remarkable performance of “Donna Lee” by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and guitarist Joe Pass. W-O-W.