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Samo Salamon: Three At Once (Freequestra, Trio, & Rotten Girlz)

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The adventurous (and prolific) Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon has outdone himself in both departments, releasing three albums in the same month. They are a diverse collection: an eleven-piece free jazz orchestra; a chamber trio of viola, acoustic guitars and drums; and a “free modern jazz punk avantgarde groove quartet" (Salamon's description), with a vocalist and the ...

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Albert Beger, Gianni Lenoci, Gabriel Ferrandini & More

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It would be easy to riff on the title of bassist André Carvalho's new recording, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and come up with a very apt theme for this episode, something like Three Hours of Amazing Musical Colours, or The Crayola Effect. From Carvalho's release, based on Hieronymous Bosch's painting to the vibrant pastels of ...

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OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets

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There's no way to use geographical borders to define this music called jazz. For instance, the Freequestra from Slovenia: led by acclaimed guitarist Samo Salamon— the ensemble wends its way with power and emotion through Salamon's new Free Sessions Vol.2, a rollicking excursion through the avant-garde. Or in the case of OGJB, a quartet of four ...

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Christian Lillinger: Open Form For Society

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German drummer and über composer Christian Lillinger might be best known for his ensemble Grund which has released several outstanding recordings since 2009. He can also be found in good company with musicians like Peter Evans, Samo Šalamon, Luís Lopes, Pascal Niggenkemper, Tobias Delius and Achim Kaufmann, to name but a few heavy hitters with whom ...

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A Focus on Tony Malaby

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A focus on saxophonist Tony Malaby with a variety of music from his work as a leader, co-leader and as a sideman demonstrating his exceptional playing.

Playlist Gordon Grdina “Visceral Voices" from No Difference (Songlines) 00:00 Rez Abassi “Dark Bones" from Out of Body (Feroza) 09:04 Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth “Arthur Avenue" from Epicenter (Clean ...

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New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More

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New releases from Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi, and, Mats Eilertsen, plus a mop-up of some of last year's releases that I have not featured as yet.

Playlist Behn Gillece “Break the Ice" from Parallel Universe (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Giovanni Guidi “Avec Les Temps" from Avec Les Temps (ECM) 06:24 Mats Eilertsen Trio “Perpetum" from And ...

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Samo Salamon & Stefano Battaglia: Pure Magic

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Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon and Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia present a sequel to their first live collaboration WindS (Klopotec Records, 2016). That album included a couple of Salamon compositions along with several collaborative tracks--this time the duo have gone all in with a fully collaborative program, recorded in the studio.

“The Beauty of Kei" ...

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Samo Salamon: Traveling Moving Breathing

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Slovenian guitarist/composer Samo Salamon has made the bassless trio a recurring format. It offers space for his most open composing and playing: a situation where the amount of harmonic anchoring in the arrangements is largely up to him. As the only chordal instrument he can supply a harmonic framework, or float freely around his compositions in ...

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Samo Salamon & Howard Levy: Peaks of Light

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American harmonica player Howard Levy is not only a master of the diatonic harmonica; he is also an eclectic musician who elevates every playing situation he participates in. Slovenian guitarist/composer Samo Salamon is a jazz specialist, but he is also a fearless improviser, as demonstrated in his recent duet project WindS (Klopotec, 2016) with pianist Stefano ...

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Samo Salamon, Szilard Mezei, Achille Succi: Planets of Kei

Read "Planets of Kei" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Tre musicisti, un serbo, uno sloveno e un emiliano, ognuno per suo conto avvezzo a una musica ben altrimenti meditata e strutturata (specie il violista serbo), decidono di riunirsi in una di quelle che una volta si chiamavano “sedute d'improvvisazione" che il sottotitolo dell'album, Free Sessions Vol. 1, c'informa essere la prima di una serie, e ...