JAZZTIMES REVIEW SKETCHES OF INDIA
Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra
JazzTimes April 2012
PIERRE DØRGE & NEW JUNGLE ORCHESTRA
SKETCHES OF INDIA
Danish composer-guitarist Pierre Dørge, like Charles Mingus before him, possesses an antic ardor for striking horn voicings and ruminative soundscapes of Duke Ellington, and consequently is more of a kinred spirit to Mingus ( a high compliment) than Ellington himself. The other signature trait that Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra semi-bigband have displayed over thier 30-plus years of existence is an ability unleash a cosmopolitan pinwheel of moods, tones and textures. Indigenous music from Western Africa, Eastern Europe and China has been blended in varying degrees to thier Ellington/Mingus stock. Now Sketches of ndia overtly includes that country in the mix.
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Part of this is Dørge's growth as a composer, and part of it is the expanding stylistic palette generated by the group's global curiosity.This stop in India was well spent. BRITT ROBSON