All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

105

Pierre D: China Jungle

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Cross Cultural. From the opening notes, the New Jungle Orchestra (NJO) goes up on two wheels and fearlessly spins through a novel collection of compositions by Pierre Dørge and his band members and associates. At first blush, one would read the composition titles and conclude what Louis Armstrong did after having head Bebop: that this was all Chinese Music. Nothing could be further from the truth. China Jungle is a densely composed collection that exhibits all that is good and progressive in big band music in the late 20th Century.

Scandanavian Supremacy. Europe, most particularly Scandinavia, has produced a legion of fine big bands. The Danish label dacapo has made a point of documenting the music of the bands from Denmark. In addition to the New Jungle Orchestra, dacapo also records the Danish Radio Big Band, The Copenhagen Art Ensemble, as well as smaller groups like the Svend Asmussen Quartet. Dacapo is distributed by the effectively ubiquitous Naxos International . The Stateside contingency, Naxos of America, the exclusive American distributor of dacapo titles, was recently named America’s Number One Independent Classical Music Distributor.

Sustained Excitement. China Jungle was conceived during a NJO trip to Shanghai as a part of the Beijing International Jazz Festival / 1996 Shanghai International when Chinese harpist Yu Jun asked and was granted a performance with the band. This questional collaboration, one that could have gone horribly wrong and would have never been committed to disc, turned out to be quite interesting and entertaining. Recommended for BB enthusiasts.


Track Listing: Peking Jungle; china Jungle; Dragon Dance; Feng Huang, Magic Mystery Moon; Fou Fou Zong; Yuyuan Garden; Lions of Shanghai; Kunninggong; Sunshine Highway; Clear as a Bell; Siberian Tiger; the Master Comes; Lang Tung Ting; Welcome to China Jungle. (Total Playing Time 62:39).

Personnel: Pierre D

Title: China Jungle | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Dacapo Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
 

Zig Zag Zimfoni

Stunt Records/Sundance Music
2001

buy
 

China Jungle

Dacapo Records
1999

buy

Related Articles

Read Elvesang CD/LP/Track Review
Elvesang
by John Kelman
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Necessary Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Necessary Arrangements
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen) CD/LP/Track Review
Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen)
by Barry Witherden
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Influences CD/LP/Track Review
Influences
by Don Phipps
Published: February 17, 2018
Read async Remodels CD/LP/Track Review
async Remodels
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Way Out West CD/LP/Track Review
Way Out West
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: February 16, 2018
Read "Organ Monk Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk Blue
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 13, 2018
Read "Such A Sky" CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "Random Acts of Order" CD/LP/Track Review Random Acts of Order
by John Sharpe
Published: November 15, 2017
Read "Heaven On Their Minds" CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Zentuary" CD/LP/Track Review Zentuary
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 5, 2017