Dirik Schilgen JazzGrooves: Out Into New

German drummer leads saxophone, guitar and bass in a modern set that reminds at times of 60s Getz, at others of John Scofield's 90s combos


German drummer Dirik Schilgen supplies all the compositions on this CD but as befits the more sensitive percussionist he is, leaves his colleagues to tell the story over seven tracks. On occasion the music becomes a little repetitious but is projected with commitment by each of the band’s members.

Three of the tunes fall into Latin territory – All Around And Everywhere, Where You’re Going and Out Into New, the latter a throwback to the 60s, given the front-line instrumentation mimicking Getz and Byrd. The only fault with these tunes is they don’t quite compare to Jobim’s memorable work.

Quite the most arresting track is Deep Winter Woods, a slow, atmospheric piece which calls to mind some of those measured pieces that Miles used in his Live/Evil period and which were followed up by John Scofield a little after the event.

This is pleasant contemporary jazz that lacks a little individuality but is very well played and remains enjoyable.

Corowood; The Beauty Of The Abyss; All Around And Everywhere; Where You’re Going; Know What You Mean?; Deep Winter Woods; Out Into New (53.28)
Schilgen (d, pc); Thomas Langer (g); Gary Fuhrmann (ts); Matias TC Debus (b). Germany, 24-25 August 2021.
Mons Records MR874773