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Michel Petrucciani & NHØP (Live)

Michel Petrucciani & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

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Both pianist Michel Petrucciani and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen had considerable discographies and died far too young, Petrucciani in his mid-thirties and Pedersen at 58. Both men were virtuosos on their respective instruments, Petrucciani having played with a number of jazz greats in his all-too-brief career, while Pedersen began playing with visiting and expatriate Americans when only a teenager and especially made his mark in numerous recordings with the great Oscar Peterson. This performance at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse was unrehearsed and possibly the only time the two men played together, but their chemistry is immediate as they tackle a wide swath of standards and familiar jazz compositions. This is hardly a meeting where the bassist is merely accompanying the pianist; they engage in musical dialogues, frequently at a brisk tempo, and each interprets where the other is going in the performance, not an easy task for musicians not familiar with one another. Obvious highlights are the playful, tightrope-walking, and intricate take of Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," the spirited waltzing "Someday My Prince Will Come," the somewhat whimsical setting of "'Round Midnight," and the pulsing take of "Stella by Starlight" (a refreshing change from the typical straight ballad arrangement). It seems odd that this music remained unreleased for nearly 15 years after it was recorded, but this two-disc set is a perfect example of both musicians being very much at the top of their respective games.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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1
All the Things You Are (Live)
00:06:43

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

2
I Can't Get Started (Live)
00:07:05

Ira Gershwin, Composer - Vernon Duke, Composer - Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

3
Oleo (Live)
00:05:54

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

4
All Blues (Live)
00:06:29

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

5
Beautiful Love (Live)
00:07:17

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

6
Someday My Prince Will Come (Live)
00:07:07

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

7
Billie's Bounce (Live)
00:07:11

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

8
Autumn Leaves (Live)
00:11:41

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

9
St. Thomas (Live)
00:06:08

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

10
These Foolish Things (Live)
00:10:38

Jack Strachey, Composer - Harry Link, Composer - Holt Marvell, Composer - Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

11
Stella by Starlight (Live)
00:10:13

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

12
Blues in the Closet (Live)
00:07:53

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

13
Round Midnight (Live)
00:07:49

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

14
Future Child (Live)
00:02:14

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

15
My Funny Valentine (Live)
00:07:07

Michel Petrucciani, Composer, Piano, MainArtist - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Double Bass, MainArtist

© 2009 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 1999 Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

Album Description

Both pianist Michel Petrucciani and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen had considerable discographies and died far too young, Petrucciani in his mid-thirties and Pedersen at 58. Both men were virtuosos on their respective instruments, Petrucciani having played with a number of jazz greats in his all-too-brief career, while Pedersen began playing with visiting and expatriate Americans when only a teenager and especially made his mark in numerous recordings with the great Oscar Peterson. This performance at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse was unrehearsed and possibly the only time the two men played together, but their chemistry is immediate as they tackle a wide swath of standards and familiar jazz compositions. This is hardly a meeting where the bassist is merely accompanying the pianist; they engage in musical dialogues, frequently at a brisk tempo, and each interprets where the other is going in the performance, not an easy task for musicians not familiar with one another. Obvious highlights are the playful, tightrope-walking, and intricate take of Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," the spirited waltzing "Someday My Prince Will Come," the somewhat whimsical setting of "'Round Midnight," and the pulsing take of "Stella by Starlight" (a refreshing change from the typical straight ballad arrangement). It seems odd that this music remained unreleased for nearly 15 years after it was recorded, but this two-disc set is a perfect example of both musicians being very much at the top of their respective games.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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