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Pierre Dorge & New Jungle Orchestra: Dancing Cheek to Cheek

There’s something rockin’ in Denmark, and has been for 25 years. The NJO’s latest, recorded in 2003-04, does not contain a dull moment, thanks to Dorge’s imaginative charts: straightahead, free jazz, world music, even moments of Zen. That last category-like a clearing in the jungle-comes from guest vocalist, Josefine Cronholm, who sings “Body and Soul” at its slowest possible tempo while everyone reverently tiptoes behind her. Coming out of the descending turnaround, she hums two bars of the last eight, the accompaniment fades, and she hums the next two bars solo, leaving the tune unfinished. Beautiful touch.

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