Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Trio - To A Brother

To A Brother is an album well worth knowing, one of many featuring Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (1946-2005). The other two members of the trio are Ulf Wakenius on guitar and Adam Nussbaum on drums. All three worked together brilliantly to produce this recording, released in 1993 and sadly not currently in circulation. You'll hear great variety, reflective and energetic moments side-by-side. When it cooks, it sizzles. Wakenius is a great jazz guitarist. As for Pedersen, he had the rare talent of being able to use all four fingers on his right hand to play the upright bass, a nearly impossible task. And boy, could he play! Listen for yourself...

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One of Pedersen's most legendary musical partnerships was with the great Oscar Peterson. The two were close friends and produced some classic recordings together, available through Amazon. Two I highly recommend are Great Connection and Trio, the latter with Joe Pass.


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