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Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen was quite comfortable in extending an invitation to Sam Jones for this unusual recording date, which features the two bassists, along with guitarist Philip Catherine (who sticks to playing acoustic) and drummer Billy Higgins, with Albert "Tootie" Heath's tambourine added on two tracks. Both bassists had played with the formidable pianist Oscar Peterson, so they not only knew something about playing rhythm but were very potent soloists to boot. Pedersen's singing tone contrasts with the darker sound of Jones, though the players nimbly shift roles throughout the sessions. Among the highlights is a bright, breezy setting of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," Jones' lush ballad "Miss Morgan," and a dramatic take of "Yesterdays." This fun date was evidently the only time Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Sam Jones had the opportunity to work together, but they made the most of it.

Biography

Born: 27 May 1946 in Osted, Denmark

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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...
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