RIP Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen

Danish Jazz Bassist Orsted Pedersen Dead at 58
Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:15 AM ET

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Acclaimed Danish jazz bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen has died at the age of 58, Danish media reported Wednesday.

The musician, dubbed "the great Dane," made hundreds of recordings and accompanied jazz greats like Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

Orsted Pedersen played in his first band at 14 and made his breakthrough in 1973 when he joined the Oscar Peterson trio.

No further details about Pedersen's death were available.
What a shame. He was a real talent. Am surprised he was so young. I mostly know him from several LPs on the Pablo label from the 70s and 80s where he played with many of the greatest elders of jazz. Must have been a real thrill for him.
So sorry to hear this. He was a great player, who contributed so much to the music. He will be greatly missed,but not forgotten.
His work with Oscar Peterson was fantastic. A truly sad day for jazz, may he rest in peace.
Sad news to hear. An excellent bass player and one of my favorites !! Always enjoyed his work with Kenny Drew.