One of the wonders of collective music making is the way a composition conceived by one person in isolation is interpreted, filtered and transformed by the assembled pool of sounds, experiences, muscles, emotions, imagination, expertise and aesthetic sense. It happens in rock bands and orchestras, but the process is magnified when improvisation is extensively involved. All five members of Sydney’s Tiny Hearts have contributed pieces to this debut album, yet what hits home is not so much the diversity of compositional approaches as the cohesion of the group interplay in realising them. Aiding the cause is the distinctiveness of Eamon Dilworth’s trumpet which, unlike most jazz-oriented players, sometimes carries a blast of the raucous vibrancy associated with Balkan Gypsies or Spanish bullfight bands. Other members are saxophonist Dave Jackson, pianist Steve Barry, bassist Tom Botting and drummer Paul Derricott: all musicians whose improvisation deepens the colour of a composition rather than just decorating it. Hear them at Venue 505 on August 28. JOHN SHAND
So I’m sitting in the corner of a small bar in the quiet town of Grandola in Portugal organising the next run of Tiny Hearts dates. It’s crept up on me that in 1 week I’ll fly back to Sydney (via Perth for a week) then in a little over 2 weeks getting back on the plane for another international adventure.
For Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington we will be joined by Jake Baxendale.
So here’s the list:
Wednesday 13th August – CJC, Auckland NZ
Thursday 14th August – Hamilton NZ
Friday 15th August – House Concert, Wellington NZ
Saturday 16th August – Orange Studio, Christchurch NZ
Sunday 17th August – Orange Studio, Christchurch NZ (Steve Barry Band)
Tuesday 19th August – Auckland Jazz & Blues Club (Duke Ellington tribute)
Friday 22nd August Jazz Upstairs Brisbane AUS
Thursday 28th August 505 Sydney, AUS
Hope to see you out at one of the shows!
Just found a review online of Alluvium that slipped under my nose. May was a busy time with Paul’s Wedding, TH dates and Caravana Sun touring.
Big thanks to Mick Paddon for the review:
Jazz review from Weekend Australian Sat May 3:
LABEL: Alluvium Records
RATING: 4 stars
SYDNEY trumpeter Eamon Dilworth is a highly active musician. His quintet the Dilworths released their debut album in 2009, and then his Gypsy ska quartet Caravana Sun album had its debut in 2011, with a second album arriving last year. Between times, Dilworth has toured extensively in Europe and studied and played in the US, Australia and New Zealand, winning numerous awards in the process. Not bad for someone who has just turned 27.
Now Dilworth, together with drummer Paul Derricott, has formed a new quintet, Tiny Hearts, releasing a debut album of compositions by each band member. These pieces are described as “tales of travel, searching, thinking of the cosmos, loss and identity”.
Five of the 11 pieces are by the leader, including the opener, Brief Stint, which begins with a series of solo trumpet downward cadences, taken up by Dave Jackson’s alto as the ensemble arrives to slow things down, flatten out and then erupt into a raucous free-sounding sequence with accentuating drums.
Pianist Steve Barry’s original, Kanji, is a sumptuously pensive number carried by muted trumpet and alto with gracefully flowing piano ornamentation.
There’s a vaguely familiar lullaby-style melody to Derricott’s Big Sea Reprise, featuring wordless vocals from a trio of Elana Stone, Brian Campeau and the composer. Bassist Tom Botting wrote Balclutha, with an infectious tock-tock offbeat and stately harmonics.
Cosmontology by Jackson is a post-bop piece — a term that applies to most tracks — with a long-note theme against jabbing rhythms adding the composer’s driving solo and an imaginative, tension-building piano sequence.
I’ve had a busy day finishing and printing posters for the next TH gig.
The band is making its debut at Foundry616 but I’ve played a few gigs there previously with Dale Barlow and presented many gigs as part of the Jazzgroove Association.
I’m excited because it is a purpose built jazz venue with a club feel, great sound and a good piano. These sort of things are becoming a bit more of a luxury these days. It’s gonna be fun!
Opening the night is Good ‘Evans which is 4 extremely talented younger guys playing a few standards and own compositions. I’m really excited to see their set as every time I see Evan Harris, Oli Nelson, Oli Thorpe and Noel Mason I’m blown away. Makes me wish I practised more when i was younger!
Here’s the link to buy tickets on the night :
Tickets for Tiny Hearts at Foundry616
Hope to see a few friendly faces!
Tiny Hearts : Alluvium just received its first review by Dave Summer at wonderingsound.com:
“Tiny Hearts, Alluvium: Storytelling album from the Australian quintet Tiny Hearts, who use well-crafted melodies as the launching pad for roaming far and wide. A preponderance of moody tunes, even when the pulse rate gets raised a notch or two… and it serves the album well.”
Here’s the link to the facebook event for the upcoming gig on May 22nd:
Tiny Hearts @ Foundry616 w/ Good ‘Evans