All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

1

Samo Salamon: Stretching Out

Jakob Baekgaard By

Sign in to view read count
Cosmopolitan is a term that is often used to describe musicians, but in the case of Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon, it is certainly a description that fits.

Salamon has turned the restless nature of the travelling musician into an aesthetic strategy and has worked with two different quartets that represent his different musical sides: the hip underground of the New York jazz scene and the experimental sensibility of the European avant-garde.

Stretching Out is an ambitious double album that offers a full portrait of his working groups. Disc one consists of four compositions played by Salamon's US quartet with tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist John Hebert and drummer Gerald Cleaver. This is epic stuff where the term "stretching out" is taken at face value. McCaslin spins elegant narrative lines and the propulsive drumming of Cleaver keeps things boiling while the groove is in the hands of Hebert. Salamon's motifs twist and turn, but there's a melodic sensibility at heart, which comes across on the unison playfulness on "Swamp Area" where the guitarist and McCaslin play in close tandem.

Disc 2 finds Salamon playing with his European quartet with bassist Bruno Chevillon and drummer Roberto Dani. The most interesting addition, however, is violinist Dominique Pifarely. He plays in the vein of Jeff Gauthier and Billy Bang and his playing is a joy to behold as he explores the textures of his instrument without sacrificing the melody. Like Salamon, Pifarely is a melodic experimentalist and a refreshing musical voice.

The group covers a wide spectrum, ranging from subtle lyrical Steve Reich-like repetition on "Molene" to shades of progressive rock on "The Puffins We Never Saw," with heavily distorted chords and scratching violin.

Stretching Out is the perfect portrait of one of the most interesting guitarists in modern jazz. Salamon continues to stretch the boundaries of music and here he engages in an intense dialogue with his working groups and creates an expression that is all his own.

Track Listing: My Rain / Kei's Blues; Swamp Area; Ice Storm; The Puffins We Never Saw; Drizzle; Erdeven; The Land of Artichokes; Molene; No Photos!; Oyster Picnic; Pointe Du Raz.

Personnel: Samo Salamon: guitar; Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone (CD1); John Hebert: bass (CD1); Gerald Cleaver: drums (CD1); Dominique Pifarely: violin (CD2); Bruno Chevillon: bass (CD2); Roberto Dani: drums (Cd2).

Title: Stretching Out | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Samo Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Nantucket

Nantucket

Samo Salamon
Little River

Ice Storm

Ice Storm

Samo Salamon
Stretching Out

Ducks On Ice

Ducks On Ice

Samo Salamon
Eleven Stories

Blistering

Blistering

Samo Salamon
Duality

Lastovo

Lastovo

Samo Salamon
Almost Almond

Miss Sarcasm

Miss Sarcasm

Samo Salamon
Live!

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Peaks of Light

Peaks of Light

Samo Records
2018

buy
Planets of Kei

Planets of Kei

Not Two Records
2017

buy
Free Sessions Vol. 1: Planets Of Kei

Free Sessions Vol. 1:...

NotTwo Records
2017

buy
Unity

Unity

Samo Records
2017

buy
Winds

Winds

Klopotec
2017

buy
The Colours Suite

The Colours Suite

Clean Feed Records
2017

buy

Related Articles

Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Humanities CD/LP/Track Review
Humanities
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Wild Is The Wind CD/LP/Track Review
Wild Is The Wind
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review
Fairytales
by Gareth Thompson
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Origins CD/LP/Track Review
Origins
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2018
Read Bright Force CD/LP/Track Review
Bright Force
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "From Silence to Somewhere" CD/LP/Track Review From Silence to Somewhere
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 21, 2018
Read "The Busker" CD/LP/Track Review The Busker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 30, 2017
Read "Developing Story" CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Each Edge of the Field" CD/LP/Track Review Each Edge of the Field
by John Eyles
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Sing Me Some Cry" CD/LP/Track Review Sing Me Some Cry
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "Whispers on the Wind" CD/LP/Track Review Whispers on the Wind
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 23, 2017