Summary on Live at Birdland

The Planet
October 2003


There is no band on earth quite like the almost-big-band led by Danish guitarist Pierre Dørge. His New Jungle Orchestra does refer a lot to Duke Ellington’s kind of “jungle music”, but they go forward & back in time , across genres & cultures, “inside” & “out” in the most delightful, surprising ways. “Live at Birdland” is a superb recording. The NJO's grit, groove-manship, humour & oomph are the match of any American outfit, but the NJO's sensibility is definitely European & rather more worldly than any prominent American jazz orchestra's.