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Samo Salamon Trio: Live! (2009)

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A continual selection for guitarist deserving wider recognition, Slovenian Samo Salamon
Samo Salamon
Samo Salamon
b.1978
guitar
releases a live recording with his core trio of Italian drummer Roberto Dani and tubaist/bassist Michel Godard.

Salamon posted notice of his talent with Mamasaal (Dometra, 2009), with saxophonist Mark Turner

Mark Turner
Mark Turner
b.1965
sax, tenor
, Government Cheese (FSNT, 2007), with saxophonist David Binney
David Binney
David Binney
b.1961
saxophone
, Kei's Secret (Splasc(H), 2006), with drummer Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
b.1980
drums
, and Two Hours (FSNT, 2006), with saxophonist Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby

sax, tenor
. While these various sessions were delightful, his releases with the working group heard here truly display his unique creative spark.

Live! follows this trio's Fall Memories (Splasc(H), 2007), with accordionist Luciano Biondini and Nano (Zalozba Goga, 2007), with saxophonist Julian Arguelles.

A classically trained guitarist, Salamon comes to jazz with an ear for European music and rock. His jazz/rock influences developed under the expert tutelage of John Scofield

John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
. That can be heard on "Miss Sarcasm," an aggressively assaultive piece with Dani's drums and the echo-effected guitar of Salamon creating a stadium sound.

But this record is not about rock's heaviness, it is more chamber jazz and sly creative music making. The key is the unique lineup of tuba and percussion as accents to the guitar. Godard's tuba bass lines quiet the music and eschew a traditional jazz swing—not that he doesn't conjure a New Orleans second line on "Catch the Train" or push the guitarist on the opener "Hebe," where Salamon dances around the tuba's urgency, while Dani works the metal edges of his kit. Godard plays tuba on half the tracks, but when he picks up his bass, a more traditional guitar trio emerges. Although with these three, the music doesn't rehash standard clichéé. Salamon's writing, like that of Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
, finds jazz in folk music, European chamber music, and in the tiniest gesture.

A very special recording.

Track Listing: Hebe; Catch the Train; Kei's Secret; My Rain; Miss Sarcasm; Girl With A Nicotine Kiss; Happy Girl; My Amusing Muse; Fall Memories; Spring Forest.

Personnel: Samo Salamon: guitar; Michel Godard: tuba, electric bass; Roberto Dani: drums.

Record Label: Samo Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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