Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist extraordinaire - died from a heart attack on this day in 2005, aged a mere 58 years old…

NHØP played with absolutely everybody and was possibly the best double-bass player in jazz from age 17 onwards…

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Sam Jones: I Fall In Love Too Easily - from Double Bass, 1976

Personnel: NHØP - double bass; Sam Jones - double bass; Philip Catherine - guitar; Billy Higgins - drums; Albert “Tootie” Heath - tambourine

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Herbie Mann: Norwegian Wood - from The Wailing Dervishes, 1967

Personnel: Bass – Reggie Workman; Bass [Fender] – Steve Knight; Clarinet – Hachig T. Kazarian; Drums – Bruno Carr; Flute - Herbie Mann; Goblet Drum [Dümbek] – Moulay “Ali” Hafid; Oud – Chick Ganimian; Vibraphone [Vibraharp] – Roy Ayers; Zither – Esber Köprücü

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Herbie Hancock, the versatile pianist, keyboardist and composer, who started as one of the primary post-bop piano players in Miles Davis’s ‘young’ quintet (with Ron Carter (b) and Tony Williams (dm) rounding out the rhythm section) in the early 60s, turns 74 today…

Herbie Hancock: A Tribute To Someone - from My Point of View, 1963

Personnel: Herbie Hancock – piano; Donald Byrd – trumpet; Grachan Moncur III – trombone; Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone; Grant Green – guitar; Chuck Israels – bass; Tony Williams – drums

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Tonight’s Jazz for Midnight queen - and every night’s jazz and blues queen - is Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), whose voice and phrasing was incomparable, regardless the quality of the material she was presented with…

Billie Holiday: Fine and Mellow - from the Dec. 8, 1957 television special, The Sound of Jazz

Personnel: Ben Webster – tenor saxophone, Lester Young – tenor saxophone, Vic Dickenson – trombone, Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone, Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone, Roy Eldridge – trumpet, Doc Cheatham – trumpet, Danny Barker – guitar, Milt Hinton – double bass, Mal Waldron – piano, Osie Johnson – drums

(the first six are listed in the order of their solos…)


Webster’s best friend was fellow tenor man Coleman ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, and this is a fine collaborative effort. Ben goes first, and Bean follows…

Ben Webster & Coleman Hawkins: It Never Entered My Mind - from Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster, 1959 (recorded October 16, 1957)

Coleman Hawkins - tenor saxophone; Ben Webster - tenor saxophone; Oscar Peterson - piano; Herb Ellis - guitar; Ray Brown - bass; Alvin Stoller - drums

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Jazzman Ben Webster (Mar. 27, 1909 - 1973) was nicknamed “The Brute” when he was a young, ballsy stomp tenor player. Later he mellowed into the finest balladeer on his instrument ever, IMHO.

Tonight we honor him on his 105th anniversary and I might go visit him at Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen tomorrow…

Ben Webster: Midnight Blue - from See You At the Fair, 1964

Personnel: Ben Webster: tenor sax; Thad Jones: trumpet; Phil Bodner: tenor sax, English horn; Phil Woods: tenor sax; Pepper Adams: baritone sax; Roger Kellaway: piano; Richard Davis: bass; Grady Tate: drums & Oliver Nelson: arranger, conductor, leader…

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