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Bluu Afroo

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Bluu Afroo
Bluu Afroo


Danish guitarist/composer/band leader Pierre Dørge and his 12-piece New Jungle Orchestra celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. 'Bluu Afroo' was recorded live during their concert tour throughout Denmark last year features American star tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley who has been a NJO's frequent guest on the scene.

Dørge conceived the idea of this almost-big band as a global jazz crossroad where the world music meets and interacts with post-bop jazz with a huge tilt towards West African music tradition. The band's longevity attributes, among other things, to the fact that NJO is "among the most enterprising and unpredictable outfits of this kind" (Richard Cook & Brian Morton - The Penguin Guide to Jazz.). The orchestra's first big international breakthrough came in 1986 being invited to perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival for the enthusiastic 60,000 audiences on the same bill with Art Farmer, Benny Golson and Sarah Vaughan. Pierre Dørge and his NJO since then have been touring all over the world, performing over 2500 concerts in more than 60 countries.

"Ubi Zaa is a beautiful document from an important institution in Danish avantgarde jazz, making this difficult genre approachable with humorous, innovative and most of all crowd-pleasing way without losing sight of its free jazz roots." - Brian Petro, Jazz Special on 'Ubi Zaa' (SCCD31819)

Personnel: Pierre Dørge guitar (conductor), Stephen Riley (tenor saxophone), Tobias Wiklund (trumpet), Jakob Mygind (tenor & soprano saxophone), Anders Banke (tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), Kenneth Agerholm (trombone), Irene Becker (piano, synthesizer), Thommy Andersson bass), Ayi Solomon (congas, percussion), Martin Andersen (drums)


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