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Friends Forever: In Memory of Kenny Drew
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
3. Someday My Prince Will Come
4. Theme from Elvira Madigan
5. Lullaby of the Leaves
6. Shadow of Your Smile, The
7. Sometime Ago
8. Days of Wine and Roses
9. Future Child -- Friends Forever
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9269
Personnel includes: Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Renee Rosnes (piano); Jonas Johansen (drums).
Personnel: Renee Rosnes (piano); Jonas Johansen (drums).
Audio Mixer: Henrik Lund.
Liner Note Author: Fred Bouchard.
Recording information: East Sound Recording Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/27/1995-08/28/1995).
Niels Pedersen made many rewarding recordings over several decades as a sideman with the late pianist Kenny Drew, so his making of a CD in tribute to him shouldn't come as a surprise. Joined by pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Jonas Johansen, Friends Forever: In Memory of Kenny Drew primarily include selections which Drew loved to play. The Danish folk lullaby "Hushaby" is a bit unusual, as it includes a drum solo, as well as Rosnes' dirge-like piano. Pedersen's pulsing bass helps to disguise the introduction to "Someday My Prince Will Come," a lovely waltz recorded by numerous jazz greats. A lively post-bop workout of "Lullaby of the Leaves" swings like mad; while an initially funky introduction to "The Shadow of Your Smile" quickly gives way to a more traditional samba treatment. Pedersen's originals also merit attention. The medley "Future Child-Friends Forever" begins with the leader's intricate pizzicato solo, then adds his partners for the second song, which spotlights Pedersen's flawless arco bass. His special tribute "Kenny" reflects Pedersen's sense of loss without getting overly maudlin. This brilliant date adds to the already considerable recorded accomplishments of Niels Pedersen. ~ Ken Dryden
Entertainment Weekly (4/18/97, p.69) - "...This 1995 session, dedicated to Kenny Drew, may not break virgin ground, but its discriminating pleasures are too bracing to be ignored." - Rating: B+
Down Beat (12/97, p.91) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...a bass player whose very initials are synonymous with a particularly dark, fluid, evocative tonal universe....the choice of Renee Rosnes for the piano chair in this tribute to a pianist is apt..."
JazzTimes (9/97, p.89) - "The tone of Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen's bass is so full and rich....Rosnes exhibits tremendous depth, sensitivity and a bluesy spirit. The three players click with each other and create a recording that's a joy to listen to..."
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