Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke (SCCD 31819)

SCCD 31819 Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Ubi Zaa” Featuring Kirk Knuffke Danish avant-garde, modern jazz guitarist/composer and most famously leader of “one of Europe’s most sophisticated bands” (Norman Weinstein) has always prided himself on the longevity (since 1980) of his constantly active New Jungle Orchestra. On this new live recording Dørge features his favourite American cornetist Kirk Knuffke and writes music with Kirk’s sound in mind. With the help of engaging audience in Copenhagen NJO delivers one amazing concert here. PIERRE DØRGE guitar, conductor KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JAKOB MYGIND tenor- & soprano saxophone ANDERS BANKE tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet KENNETH AGERHOLM trombone IRENE BECKER piano, synthesizer THOMMY … Continue reading

IRENE BECKER & AVIAJA LUMHOLT “Magic Mystery Moon” (SCCD 33126)

SCCD 33126 IRENE BECKER & AVIAJA LUMHOLT “Magic Mystery Moon” Denmark’s outstanding keyboardist/pianist/composer Irene Becker first entered in media’s limelight as a charter member of the one of the first women rock band in Denmark back in the 70s. Irene has since been a central figure in the Danish contemporary music scene as composer/performer and as an essential member of the famed New Jungle Orchestra led by her colleague/husband Pierre Dørge. Here on her new album Irene showcases her mettle as arranger/composer adding Greenlandic singer Aviaja Lumholt’s voice to create a unique musical universe. American cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the winner of the 2015 DownBeat “Rising Star” award makes a guest … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge – Blui (SCCD 31797)

SCCD 31797 Pierre Dørge: Blui Guitarist/composer Pierre Dørge (b. 28 February 1946 in Copenhagen, Denmark) has been leading the internationally renowned New Jungle Orchestra, which Down Beat hailed as “unabashedly one of Europe’s most sophisticated jazz band” for 35 years, performing in more than 50 countries, enriching his musical vocabulary from different culture all over the world. On this his second quartet album (the first, entitled “Ballad Round The Corner” SCCD 31132 was released 36 years ago with now deceased legendary John Tchicai on alto sax) Pierre Dørge puts his trademark “pan-cultural jazz” energy to his new international ensemble of Kirk Knuffke (cornetist), Hamid Drake (drummer) from USA and Thommy … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra – Tjak Tjaka Tchicai (SCCD 31777)

SCCD 31777 Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra “Tjak Tjaka Tchikai” John Tchic ai (1936 – 2012) to whom this CD is dedicated was one of the most celebrated jazz musicians hailing from Europe (Denmark) of our time. Pierre Dørge owes the considerable part of his musical roots to John Tchicai whose impact on contemporary jazz is immeasurable. “ Danish composer-guitarist Pierre Dørge, like Charles Mingus before him, possesses an antic ardor for the striking horn voicings and ruminative soundscapes of Duke Ellington, …. The other signature trait that Dørge’s New Jungle Orchestra semi-big bands have displayed over their 30-plus years of existence is an ability to unleash a cosmopolitan … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Sketches Of India (SCCD 31728)

India and Indian music have intrigued Pierre Dørge ever since his teenage. Here on his latest album Dørge compiles his impressions of several trips there and the result of his recent field studies. Donald Elfman of AAJ once remarked, “ Pierre Dørge has what seems like a magical ability – he can re-imagine and rethink the way that music is voiced thus creating entire new worlds out of worlds we think we know .” His magical ability is at full throttle here on this extraordinary musical depiction of a fascinating country. 1. In The Tiger Cave (Pierre Dørge) 2. Papanasam Mood (Pierre Dørge) 3. Swaralaya (Shashank Subramanyam) 4. Elephants On … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Presents (SCCD 31701)

Guitarist/composer/bandleader Pierre Dørge introduced his New Jungle Orchestra for the first time in Music Café in Copenhagen on September 24, 1980. Since then Dørge has been in the pursuit of “sometimes outlandish adventures” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD – sixth edition) for his vibrant, creative almost big band. To celebrate the 30 th anniversary of successful, truly global musical group Pierre Dørge presents NJO with each member with a new piece to perform. “ So after 30 years, 21 albums, scores of scores (actually upward of 800), hundreds of concerts, countries galore, tens of thousands of miles, Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra are still going strong; even … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – At The Royal Playhouse (SCCD 31693)

“ Wonderfully creative work from Pierre Dorge and his New Jungle Orchestra — a set that often features gentle, sensitive musical moments — although always handled with the sort of offbeat style we’ve come to expect from Dorge!” is the opening comment on Dørge’s previous album Whispering Elephants (SCCD 31652) by DUSTY Groove America. One month prior to the above studio recording Dørge and NJO gave a sold-out concert at the newly opened Royal Play House in Copenhagen, from which this latest album is compiled. The orchestra is enhanced by three international soloist: Sweden’s Josefine Cronholm on vocal, India’s Shashank Subramanyan on flute and Dawda Jobarteh from Gambia on Kora … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Whispering Elephants (SCCD 31652)

Since Pierre Dørge and his New Jungle Orchestra made an impressive “home coming “ CD (Jazz Is Like A Banana SCCD 31636) last November, the orchestra has been touring extensively and energetically through different continents. The experience gave Pierre’s imaginative pen to put together “…… another typical potpourri of the unexpected from a soloist, arranger, composer and band conductor beyond category. His musicians are loyal to his cause because they love his music…” 1. A Night In Hong Kong (Pierre Dørge) 2. From The Same Tribe (Pierre Dørge) 3. Whispering Elephants (Pierre Dørge) 4. Oda Eugenia (Pierre Dørge) 5. Moonlight In The Woods (Pierre Dørge) 6. Malamin Jobarteh (Pierre Dørge) … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – Jazz Is Like A Banana (SCCD 31636)

1. Taranaki (Pierre Dørge) 2. A Minor Disturbance To Mr. Nielsen (Pierre Dørge) 3. Forgotten Highway (Irene Becker) 4. Café Central (Pierre Dørge) 5. Landscape With Animals (Pierre Dørge) 6. Blue Mask (Pierre Dørge) 7. Jazz Is Like A Banana (Pierre Dørge) 8. Tilo Akandita (Pierre Dørge) 9. By The Foot Of The Mountain (Pierre Dørge) 10. Great Grief (Pierre Dørge) 11. Tibetan Dream (Pierre Dørge) UPC/EAN: 716043163625 … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge, New Jungle Orchestra – New Jungle Orchestra (SCCD 31162)

SCCD 31162 PIERRE DØRGE & NEW JUNGLE ORCHESTRA This is the first recording ever by Pierre Dørge’s famous world music big band. The orchestra had been on an extensive world tour in the past three years as the State Ensemble of Denmark. “… New Jungle Orchestra, the nearly-big band under Dørge’s leadership which is among the most enterprising and unpredictable outfits of its kind …” (The Penguin Guide To JAZZ) 1. Wobra zebra (Pierre Dørge) 2. Jungle rituals (Pierre Dørge) 3. Mister Suso (Pierre Dørge) 4. 254, Bowery (Pierre Dørge) 5. Fullmoon in Brikama (Africa) (Pierre Dørge) 6. Bo Bo Sanneh (Pierre Dørge) 7. New tiger rag (Pierre Dørge) 8. … Continue reading