New Jungle Orchestra at Cph Jazzhouse

By westmanmusic from westmanmusic
September 2005


New Jungle Orchestra at Cph Jazzhouse

The word unique could easily be overused. How many bands can truly be unique, one of a kind? Well, for New Jungle Orchestra, it must be said - no other band plays this kind of global symphony! A fusion between tribal and futuristic sounds. A journey - that has been going on for 25 years and has taken them round the world, both musically and physically. China, Russia, Japan (where they recently played for the Emperor) - well it's probably easier to name the countries where they did NOT play.
The show opened with a dark stage and then the horn players started playing from different corners of the room. And then they slowly entered the stage for their anniversary gig, the ten current musicians (four of them since the start) and later on they were joined by three previous members (Marilyn Mazur, Bent Clausen and Jesper Zeuthen). The show is hard to describe for anybody who has not heard the band. Or seen it - for example the rhythm wizard Ayi Solomon who is constantly finding interesting things to play, and constantly moving, fingersnapping, tapdancing, hilarious! And we must mention Pierre Dørge himself, the creator of the band, director and often composer (although Carl Nielsen, NJO's pianist Irene Becker and many others have contributed). The band does not need any exotic string instruments since Pierre is creating all those sounds on his guitar.

Pierre's comment on those 25 years was that it is almost unbelievable.
"When you think you're not going to make it any more, a helping hand comes and scratches you on the back".

The band has just now released a new CD on ILK, Negra Tigra. Read more on www.newjungleorchestra.com
For an unofficial Pierre Dørge discography, which is especially interesting since it shows that he's played with just about everybody, click HERE. And for a NJO discography (1982 - 1997), click HERE.