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THIS self-titled debut album by a youthful quintet of students and ex-students from the Sydney Conservatorium is led by trumpeter Eamon Dilworth, who composed all but one of the seven tracks.

Although all members are in their 20s, they’ve had extensive local and overseas playing experience. Joining Dilworth in the front line is saxophonist Karl Laskowski, an amazing player who performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 17.

The compositions are varied in style and reveal an exceptional level of ability, from the atonal car horn opening and eastern modality of Lettin’ Loose, to the soul-infused, relaxed Latino feel of Satura. Hugh Barrett’s piano is unobtrusively important in ensemble passages and contributes thoughtful, moving solos expertly crafted, as in Grim Hell, where he introduces Alex Boneham’s sturdily melodic acoustic bass, followed by a rapid-fire drum solo from Cameron Reid.

Laskowski by Nature is a swinging post-bop piece featuring Dilworth’s trumpet flaring brightly before the tenor sax’s galvanising lift-off in rocket trajectory. A subdued, but insistent piano riff steps through Lili Song, with the trumpet gradually developing the soothing theme, ahead of an offbeat transformation into a funky finale. The talent-packed Dilworths are a band to watch out for; their appealing compositions and articulate performances cannot be ignored.
John McBeath (Weekend Australian 2010)

For the original online article follow the link below:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/this-weeks-cds/story-e6frg8po-1225818787847

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