Pierre Dørge: Lost in the Desert, I See A .../Caravan


Lost in the Desert, I See A .../Caravan


Pierre Dørge & The New Jungle Orchestra


Live at Birdland (Stunt Records)

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Pierre Dørge (guitar),

members of The New Jungle Orchestra


Composed by Pierre Dørge & Juan Tizol


Recorded: live at Birdland, New York, September 29, 1999


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Listen closely and you'll hear elements of Juan Tizol's "Caravan" right from the start of this iconoclastic reinterpretation by Danish guitarist Pierre Dørge and his New Jungle Orchestra. Obviously, by its very name the band hints at Ellington's repertoire from its "jungle" period. Here, however, in addition to a trombone paying homage to Tizol, a rock-like beat and oriental horn riffs over a Zappa-ish lead guitar carry our lost caravan through a desert fantasy and deep into a sonic jungle. Still, isn't this is an appropriate way for a Danish band to assert its identity on American soil? With a playful version of a classic tune performed in the city where it was born six decades earlier?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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