Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen was a Danish jazz upright bassist known for his impressive technique and innovative approach. By the age of fifteen, he had the ability to accompany leading musicians at nightclubs, working regularly at Copenhagen's Jazzhus Montmartre, after his debut there on New Year's Eve 1961, when he was only 15. When seventeen, he had already turned down an offer to join the Count Basie orchestra, mainly because he was too young to get legal permission to live and work as a musician in America.
…Helge, seinerzeit als "singende Herrentorte" angepriesen, läßt bei dieser Doppel-CD (Studio/Live) nichts aus —- jede Peinlichkeit verkrampft sofort die Lachmuskeln. Selbst aus den abwegigsten Themen einen Song ("Katzenklo") zu zimmern, mit Reinhold Messner und einem Kosten Fonto durch die Antarktis zu laufen und ganz nebenbei auch noch überaus ordentliche Jazz-, R&B- und Rock-Nummern zu inszenieren — das ist der große, ausgeflippte, unvernünftige, abstruse, wunderbar bescheuerte Kosmos des Helge Schneider.
To The Little Radio, which features interpretations of standards, and Live, which is based mostly on Lien originals, both present the trio on strong form. The 11 non-original pieces explored on this disc were recorded in Oslo last January, and showcase the trio's collective approach to standards. On the first piece, Lasse Färnlöf's "Grandfather's Waltz," Lien's harmonies reference Bill Evans' version. Jerome Kern's "Look For The Silver Lining" and Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" foreground the trio's by now intuitive interplay and, though minimalist, get deep into the essence of the melodies.