Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (DK), b. May
27 1946 d. April 19 2005, performed with Thomas Clausen's JAZZPARticipants
featuring Prize Winner Roy Haynes (d) at The JAZZPAR 1994 Event.
The bass player, band leader and composer, Niels-Henning
Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP for short), is the Danish jazz
musician who has done most to make Denmark known around the world.
No matter in what quarter of the globe he appeared,
musicians and fans flocked around the bandstand marveling at both the
speed, clarity, drive, and funky sound of his playing. NHØPs command
of the plucked bass was simply flawless. So there you have the jazzman
of the world. Known everywhere, from tours, records, winner of international
polls, and so on. Versatile, reliable, engaged - desired as an outstanding,
spirited accompanist as well as a soloist flying high - always the right
choice whether the thing is a walking and swinging rhythm section, brilliant
solo playing, or daring fusion.
Furthermore, NHØP has been successful in forming
a synthesis of the jazz tradition, which he knew so well, and his Danish
/ Scandinavian heritage. Not that he has abandoned tearing along at an
incredible speed or playing with explosive power - when the time and the
drummer (e.g. Roy Haynes!) are right. Add to all this an individual, easily
recognizable style, a unique singing quality, quivering simplicity, and
a rare intimacy. Just listen to the records: his comping often develops
into an equal counterline, simple but contributing immensely to the ambience
of the piece.