Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
27 May 1946, Osted, Denmark, d. 19 April 2005, Ishøj, Sjælland, Denmark. Ørsted Pedersen first learned to play piano but took up the bass as his friend Ole Kock Hansen was also a pianist and they wanted to play duets together. He achieved an amazing facility on his new instrument while still in his mid-teens, making his first record at the age of 14. Playing regularly at the noted Montmartre Club in Copenhagen from early in 1961, he accompanied and occasionally recorded with visiting and expatriate American jazz stars, including Brew Moore, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, Bud Powell and Bill Evans (with whom he toured in the early 60s, having earlier refused an invitation to join Count Basie). He recorded frequently in the subsequent decades, happily ranging from mainstream through bop to free jazz with artists such as Don Byas, Ben Webster, Tete Montoliu, Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Anthony Braxton and Albert Ayler. By the end of the 70s he had...