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