Samo Salamon Trio feat. Michel Godard & Roberto Dani: Live! (2010)
In spite of its deadpan title, Live! showcases Salamon at his most inventive, touching upon a broad palette of moods, sounds and tempi. Supporting him on the date are the immense talents of Italian drummer Roberto Dani and French tubaist/bassist Michel Godard.
Godard, in particular, proves to be a revelation with his unorthodox approach to the tuba, an instrument rarely heard in modern jazz. The sad sound of his brass adds color and mood to the rainy street meditation of "Hebe," paradoxically developing into a joyful anthem where Salamon spins melodic licks over Godard and Dani's bouncing rhythms. Elsewhere, the beautiful "Fall Memories" finds Godard exploring the texture of his instrument, with brassy breathing sounds and whispers reminiscent of trumpeter Herb Robertson.
Part of the album's dynamic is due to Godard's shift between the bass and tuba, with about half of the album's ten tracks dedicated to each instrument. While the tuba tracks tend to be freer and more meditative, the bass tracks provide a decidedly more rockish feeling that allows Salamon to flex his technical muscles, as on the elastic groove of "Happy Girl," which features lightning fast arpeggios.
Samo Salamon has recorded live successfully before, on Ela's Dream (Splasch, 2005) and Kei's Secret (Splasch, 2006). Live! is another worthy addition to a significant body of work, one that can only enhance Salamon's reputation as a distinctive composer and original guitar stylist.
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; Roberto Dani: drums; Michel Godard: tuba, electric bass.
Record Label: Samo Records
Style: Modern Jazz