Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: My Little Anna


My Little Anna


Jaywalkin' (SteepleChase SCCD-31041)

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Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Philip Catherine (guitar), Billy Higgins (drums),

Ole Kock Hansen (keyboards)


Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, September 9-10 and December 10, 1975


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Jaywalkin' was Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen's first album as a leader, and this came rather belatedly, considering his enormous talent and the fact that at this point he'd been a professional musician for 14 years. "My Little Anna" is dedicated to NHØP's youngest daughter, and is a lovely samba with a charming melody and catchy harmonies. NHØP carries the theme and continues into a long, virtuosic, lyrical solo that at the same time both breathes and tells a good story. The song form is the familiar A-A-B-A, and as Lester Young so often did, NHØP uses the B-parts as a platform for relaxation, here soloing with less intensity and broader lines that give the listener a chance to breathe too. After his 3-minute solo, there is room for a keyboard solo and a guitar solo - one chorus apiece - after which NHØP takes the tune out. In this song, NHØP's talent fully blossoms, demonstrating his forceful swing, great melodic and harmonic sense and a sure-fingeredness that makes each note ring with his characteristic sonorous and flexible sound.

Reviewer: Frank Bachmann Møller

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