Whispering Elephants

DUSTY Groove America
September 2009

Pierre Dorge & New Jungle Orchestra -- Whispering Elephants ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2008.
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! Pierre is at the head of the group on guitar, and other instrumentation includes tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, trombone, piano, and trumpets -- plus some nice use of percussion to help underscore the Africanist leanings of the rhythms. Dorge composed the album as a celebration of the elephant -- and you can definitely hear that focus in the way the horns come together -- often with a joyous sort of feel that reminds us a bit of the rare use of saxes in the work of Dollar Brand. Titles include "Oda Eugenia", "A Night In Hong Kong", "Malam Lagu", "Sunday In Zurich", "Wedding Music", "To Mr Dolphy", "Malamin Jobarteh", "Moonlight In The Woods", and "From The Same Tribe".