The Duets (Mulgrew Miller album)

The Duets is a studio album by American jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller and Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.[1][2] The album was recorded in Copenhagen on Bang & Olufsen label and released in 1999. The record features famous compositions by pianist Duke Ellington as well as two originals by bandmembers. Their duo later became a trio with the occasional inclusion of drummer Alvin Queen in 2000.[3]

The Duets
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Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 15, 1999
StudioStudio 3, Broadcast House, Copenhagen.
LabelBang & Olufsen B&O CD1
ProducerIb Skovgaard
Mulgrew Miller chronology
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The Duets


In 1999-2000, Pedersen had the opportunity to make a studio recording to celebrate Duke Ellington’s 100th birthday. The session was initially planned as a piano-and-bass duo, so NHØP chose Miller, whom he had never played with before. From that occasion on, they played together and had an affinity both as men and musicians. They opted for a repertoire based on the historic 1941 Duke EllingtonJimmy Blanton duets. In 2000, NHØP and Miller recorded another album and toured around the world, commemorating Duke Elington’s 100th birthday.[4]

Track listingEdit

1."C Jam Blues"Ellington3:51
2."Sophisticated Lady"Ellington4:44
3."Pitter Patter Panther"Ellington3:16
4."I Got It Bad"Ellington5:27
5."What Am I Here For"Ellington4:16
6."Mood Indigo"Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington4:45
7."Blues in the PM`s"Mulgrew Miller3:18
8."Come Sunday"Ellington4:49
9."Just Squeeze Me"Ellington5:04
11."Caravan"Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol3:47
12."O.D. Blues"N.-H. Ørsted Pedersen3:10
Total length:51:19



  • Mulgrew Miller – piano
  • Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – bass


  • Ib Skovgaard – producer
  • Niels Erik Lund – engineer
  • MHI Partners – booklet design
  • Peter H. Larsen – executive producer
  • Jordi Sunol – executive producer
  • Hans P. Folmann – executive producer
  • Jan Persson – photography


  1. ^ "Mulgrew Miller Discography". Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Mulgrew Miller & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – The Duets". Discogs. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Biography". Jazz Giants. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP) & Mulgrew Miller: The Duo - Live! (September 16, 2016) 2 CD (STORYVILLE RECORDS)". Republic of Jazz. September 16, 2016.