Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: I Skovens Dybe Stille Ro
I Skovens Dybe Stille Ro (Tranquility of the Woods)
This is All I Ask (Verve 539695-2)
Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, July & September 1997
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This track is a Danish traditional song that pianist Kenny Drew and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen made a hit with their performance on 1974's Duo. In fact, Drew's reharmonization was published in print, so every schoolchild could learn it. But, as expected, Oscar Peterson makes his own statement here, playing fleet, unhampered and with a lyrical touch as if it were his own composition, yet retaining the song's beautiful mood. NHØP supports with masterly contrapuntal basslines, and the two exchange solos while Wakenius plays a sparse and crisp accompaniment. A lovely interpretation, more mature and in tune with the song's intended mood than the earlier duo version.
Reviewer: Frank Bachmann Møller