The Artists - New Jungle Orchestra

Harry Beckett (trumpet), Per Jörgensen (trumpet, vocal), Jörg Huke (trombone), Jesper Zeuthen (reeds), Jacob Mygind (reeds), Horace Parlan (p), Irene Becker (keyboard), Pierre Dørge (guitar, leader), Jens Skov Olsen (bass), Marilyn Mazur (drums, percussion). NJO performed with Prize Winner David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet) at the JAZZPAR Event 1991.

NJO and David Murray groups have met each other at several international jazz festivals. The ten piece edition of the NJO, featuring the American tenorist Murray, is an international band with Beckett from Great Britain, Jörgensen from Norway, and Huke from Germany. The others are from Denmark - Parlan, though having lived in Denmark since 1973, originates from USA.

The New Jungle Orchestra lead by Pierre Dørge successfully embraces various jazz traditions in a contemporary and truly personal setting. Inspirations are Ornette Coleman and Duke Ellington as well as ethnic music forms from Africa, Bali, China, Japan a.o.

"Henry Threadgill, David Murray and Pierre Dørge are today's key neo-Ellingtonians. The sound of The NJO seems very African at first, a variation on South Africa's rhythmically compulsive "high life" music. But Dørge's choice of textures plus his ability to transform tone-color, rhythm and harmony into a single pulsating force, are as Ellingtonian as can be" (Larry Kart, Chicago Tribune).
   As a special addition to the group the audience met not only David Murray but also the American piano player HORACE PARLAN touring in many parts of the world. Parlan plays in a strong bluesy style. In the States he performed and recorded with Sonny Stitt, Charles Mingus, Booker Ervin, Lockjaw Davis/Johnny Griffin and Roland Kirk. Among his associates on the European scene is Archie Shepp, with whom Parlan has made some praised duo albums.

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