This Is All I Ask

This Is All I Ask

by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
     
 

It is surprising that first-call bassist Niels Pedersen has recorded relatively few dates as a leader during his decades-long career; This Is All I Ask proves to be one of his most eclectic and rewarding CDs, as he's accompanied by guitarist Ulf Wakenius and drummer Jonas Johansen, and several…  See more details below

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It is surprising that first-call bassist Niels Pedersen has recorded relatively few dates as a leader during his decades-long career; This Is All I Ask proves to be one of his most eclectic and rewarding CDs, as he's accompanied by guitarist Ulf Wakenius and drummer Jonas Johansen, and several special guests. His singing, lyrical tone on his instrument comes across right away, especially on the two traditional melodies "Quiet Solitude" and "Tranquility in the Woods," the latter featuring pianist Oscar Peterson in a relatively rare appearance as a sideman during his later years. The European pop singer Monique is someone Pedersen discovered when he heard her on his daughter's radio; he showcases her on a funky original called "Summer Song" (not to be confused with Dave Brubeck's well-known piece of the same name). The Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund, who occasionally worked with pianist Bill Evans when he toured Europe, is joined by alto sax great Phil Woods and Pedersen's trio for a heartfelt, swinging take of "Taking a Chance on Love," while Woods is the sole guest heard on the slow, very emotional rendition of "This Is All I Ask." Pedersen's trio tracks are all first-rate as well. His virtuoso side comes across in another original work, "Traces of the Past," while his playful post-bop reading of the old show tune "Just in Time" is the cooker of the entire set. Not widely distributed outside of Europe, this is easily one of Niels Pedersen's finest recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/1998
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731453969520
catalogNumber:
5396952

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Bass
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
Monica Zetterlund   Vocals,Track Performer
Ulf Wakenius   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Jonas Johansen   Drums
Monique   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Niels Lan Doky   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Liner Notes
John Latouche   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Jakob Tranberg   Artwork

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