232

Samo Salamon Quartet: Ornethology

Javier AQ Ortiz By

Sign in to view read count
Samo Salamon Quartet: Ornethology Review: Quick and to the Point: Ornette Coleman and John Scofield ought to be proud!



A musical convergence between Ornette Coleman, Slovenia and John Scofield doesn't figure high in any jazz critic's list of music to look for. Although not exhaustive, the previous three parameters of understanding, however, do serve as guidelines for Ornethology. Leader Samo Salamon is also a figure of note in the Ansasa Trio . Following the leader isn't this release's game, though. The material is autonomously arranged, or freely coordinated if you may. Hence, the need for musicians versed and musically savvy, not only on various jazz forms, but also in their respective scholarly and folk musical training. They shine through on all regards interpreting a highly contemporary repertoire that has swing and blues inevitably embedded in its organized jazz free forms.



As a guitarist, the Slovenian young player features intensive technique that bodes well for material (mostly of his penmanship), inspired by the study of the Texan's key Atlantic recordings. Although admittedly predisposed towards Scofield, Salamon asserts himself through such influence—as well as Coleman's—coming through on his own, using singular single note, chords, and ideas rendering various jazz undercurrents with resolve, depth and inventiveness. Never indulgent, disciplined and eager, Salamon is major league material.



The writing is curiously versatile, although conceptually coherent, even during the briefer pieces peppered through to highlight each player by himself. None lasts even two minutes, all are worthy endeavors. "Jaka The Dog" begins with percussive/cymbal aquatic splashes, segueing into a woodsier run by Zlatko Kaucic. Bassist Salvatore Maiore arched the rough and vibrating "Major Salva." Salamon plays around with various textures and sci-fi like effects in "Samoel," while clarinetist and saxophonist Achille Succi floatingly laments his alto on "Achille." Brevity, however, doesn't limit the extension of the rest of the material, which varies in texture, nature, tempo shifts, thematic development, as well as duration itself. The quartet keeps matters interesting and moving.



The sonic personality provided by the partial use of bass clarinet, balanced on the other end with alto sax on other compositions, provides rare harmonic gifts. Evident in the opener, and revealing yet another convergence in its title, it is also a fine soloing medium. "Where's the Bill," "Something Ology," and "Humpty Dumpty" respectively lure the listener with modern jazz, be bop and swing into the freer world of this remarkable quartet. Since the group has also performed the material with Gianluca Petrella performing on trombone, although not represented in the recording, one must wonder how the repertoire responds to such an adaptation. Jazz critics, however, ought to add this one to their "To Do" lists...



Visit Samo Salamon on the web.


Track Listing: 1. A Fake Monk (Salamon) 2. Alien Child (Salamon) 3. Alien Child (Salamon) 4. The Creative Force (Salamon) 5. Does Your Girlfriend Know You Play Free Jazz? (Salamon/Succi/Maiore/ Kaucic) 6. Out For A Walk (Salamon) 7. Uncork The Bottle (Salamon/Succi/Maiore/Kaucic) 8. Where's The Bill? (Salamon) 9. Achille (Succi) 10. Two Poles (Salamon) 11. Major Salva (Maiore) 12. Something Ology (Salamon) 13. Samoel (Salamon) 14. Tribeca (Salamon) 15. Jaka The Dog (Kaucic) 16. Humpty Dumpty (Coleman) 17. Aguri--The Birthday Party (Salamon/Succi/Maiore/Kaucic)

Personnel: Samo Salamon: Guitar. Zlatko Kaucic: Drums, Percussion. Achille Succi: Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet. Salvatore Maiore: Bass.

Title: Ornethology | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: SAZAS


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read L.O.T.U.S. CD/LP/Track Review L.O.T.U.S.
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Art in the Age of Automation CD/LP/Track Review Art in the Age of Automation
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 8, 2017
Read "Original Demos" CD/LP/Track Review Original Demos
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 8, 2017
Read "Fe" CD/LP/Track Review Fe
by James Nadal
Published: August 30, 2016
Read "Pekka" CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Astrometrics" CD/LP/Track Review Astrometrics
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 13, 2017
Read "One Minute Later" CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.