SAMO ŠALAMON is "one of the most talented and interesting young guitarists and composers to emerge on today's jazz scene" (AllAboutJazz), being selected by the magazine Guitar Player as one of the hottest 10 new guitarists in the world. So far he has composed more than 280 compositions and recorded 31 albums as a leader for labels Clean Feed Records (Portugal), Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), NotTwo Records (Poland), Splasch Records (Italy), Steeplechase Records (Denmark), Sanje Recordings (Slovenia), Klopotec (Slovenia) and Goga Records (Slovenia). So far he has played, cooperated, toured and recorded with many great international players like Howard Levy, Paul McCandless, John Hollenbeck, Mark Turner, Michel Godard, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Tim Berne, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Josh Roseman, Gerald Cleaver, John Hebert, Julian Arguelles, Dominique Pifarely, Carlo DeRosa, Tyshawn Sorey, Bruno Chevillon, Stefano Battaglia, Christian Lillinger, Pascal Niggenkemper, Matt Brewer, Loren Stillman, John O'Gallagher, Mikkel Ploug, Manu Codjia, Alex Machacek, Sabir Mateen, Szilard Mezei, Kariem Riggins, Luciano Biondini, Lester St. Louis, Jim Mullen, Dejan Terzic, Rudi Mahall, Fareed Haque, Hasse Poulsen, Kalle Kalima, Cenk Erdogan, Jacob Young, Christy Doran, Ronny Graupe, Susanna Risberg, Emanuele Parrini, Vasco Trilla, Marco Colonna, Don Falzone, Rudy Linka, Tim Brady, Paolino Dalla Porta, Ares Tavolazzi, Roberto Dani, Wilbert De Joode, Joris Teepe, Bruno Cesselli, Zlatko Kaucic, Salvatore Maiore, Kyle Gregory, Emanuele Cisi, Gianluca Petrella, Achille Succi, Steve Altenberg, Yayoi Ikawa, Kruno Levacic, Igor Lumpert, Andrea Allione, Axel Dörner, Uli Jennesen, Loris Bertot, Nicolas Muresu, Jan Rhoder, Danilo Gallo, Dejan Pecenko, Alex Deutsch, Luigi Mosso, Aya Shimura, Giorgio Pacorig, Vasko Atanasovski, Jure Pukl, Nino Mureskic, Boštjan Gombač, Igor Matkovic, Bojan Krhlanko and others.
In 1998 Salamon established his first group Ansasa Trio, which focused on mixing etno jazz and world music influences with improvisation. The trio released the album Arabian Picnic in 2002. The album was described "a fine example of how much jazz there is to hear out there as its future is now."
In 2003 Salamon released his highly acclaimed debut album Ornethology with his new quartet (Achille Succi, Salvatore Maiore, Zlatko Kaucic). The quartet played all over Europe, including the jazz festivals Ljubljana, Skopje and Rome, and got fantastic reviews from Europe and from the USA, claiming that "this very likable recording bodes well for the young guitarist as a possible future innovator and a present force to be reckoned with." Ornethology also got the highest rating (4 stars) in the Penguin Jazz Guide and was also selected by the Penguin Jazz Guide as one of the 1001 Best Albums in the history of jazz (Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums).