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Album Review

Pierre Dørge always creates provocative, often fun music for his New Jungle Orchestra. The guitarist introduces nine new originals on this 2008 studio date, with the unusual "Whispering Elephants" being inspired by Dørge's witnessing of ten young elephants fighting among themselves to lead the herd, lacking any guidance from older animals. Much of this fascinating piece features soft playing of the reeds and horns, sometimes blowing without playing any notes. Dørge's "To Mr. Dolphy" is a catchy blend of Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms influenced by the late multi-reed player's original "Music Matador," featuring engaging interplay between Jakob Mygind's soprano sax and Anders Banke's bass clarinet. The haunting ballad "Moonlight in the Woods" also prominently showcases the bass clarinet, while Dørge's scoring of the brass is breathtaking. Pianist Irene Becker (Dørge's wife) contributed "Malam Lagu," an exotic, Far Eastern-flavored ballad that proves very soothing. This is yet another excellent session by Pierre Dørge & His New Jungle Orchestra.


Born: 28 February 1946 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Pierre Dørge has gained some fame for his work with his New Jungle Orchestra, a band that plays fresh interpretations of some classics (particularly by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk) along with its leader's originals. Dørge led his first band in 1960, was a member of John Tchicai's big band (1969-1971), in 1978 headed a quartet called Thermaenius, and in 1980 put together the New Jungle Orchestra....
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Whispering Elephants, Pierre Dørge
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 10 November 2008

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