Paul McCandless (Oregon) – oboe, soprano sax, bass clarinet Samo Salamon – guitar Roberto Dani – drums GUESTS: Boštjan Gombač – piščali, klarinet, Igor Matkovič – trobenta About the project: The Bassless Trio of the internationally recognized jazz guitarist and composer Samo Salamon includes some of the best jazz musicians in the world. The leader of
Paul McCandless (Oregon) – oboe, soprano sax, bass clarinet
Samo Salamon – guitar
Roberto Dani – drums
GUESTS: Boštjan Gombač – piščali, klarinet, Igor Matkovič – trobenta
About the project:
The Bassless Trio of the internationally recognized jazz guitarist and composer Samo Salamon includes some of the best jazz musicians in the world. The leader of the lineup SAMO SALAMON (SLOVENIA) was declared in 2008 by the magazine Guitar Player as one of the hottest 10 guitarists in the world, while his first album Ornethology was ranked among the 1001 best albums in the history of jazz (Penguin Guide to Jazz). On soprano sax, oboe and bass clarinet is one of the most important jazz players in the history of jazz, founder of the legendary group Oregon and Grammy winner, PAUL McCANDLESS (USA). The trio is concluded by one of the most in-demand and creative European drummers, ROBERTO DANI (ITALY). The trio will present new and old compositions by Samo Salamon, which are a mix of composed and improvised music. The trio will present 2 Samo Salamon albums that were released in 2015 – – SAMO SALAMON BASSLESS TRIO feat. PAUL McCANDLESS & ROBERTO DANI: Little River (Samo Records, 2015) and SAMO SALAMON BASSLESS TRIO feat. JULIAN ARGUELLES & JOHN HOLLENBECK: Unity (Samo Salamon, 2015). Facebook event>
“An adventurous guitarist who continues to find new ways to challenge his instrument by providing new contexts that expand his sound and compositions.” (Jakob Baekgaard, AllAboutJazz 2014)
»His restless and bold creative spirit and his impeccable musicianship both as a composer and performer is what makes him one of the most singularly exceptional jazz musicians to come out of the European scene.« (Hrayr Attarian, AllAboutJazz, USA, 2014)
»This guy is a hell of a guitarist.« (Audio Karma, USA, 2015)
“One of the most interesting guitarists in modern jazz who continues to stretch the boundaries of music.” (AllAboutJazz 2013)
“Much like his contemporaries Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder, Salamon is forging ahead with a new standard of jazz guitar that is accessible and beyond established categorizations.” (John Barron, Jazz Word 2011)
“Salamon’s music is expanding the framework of the modern guitar trio, whereby Salamon is one of the most interesting guitarists in Europe.” (Geiger 2011)
»One of the most influential guitarists of our time, which is an amazing success for a musician of his age.« (Jure Potokar, January 2011)
“Samo Salamon is neither flashy nor common but actually brilliant.” (Edward Blanco, EJazzNews 2011)
“One of the finest young guitarists in all of Europe.” (Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz 2011)
»One of the young lions of Europe’s modern creative music scene.« (Michael G. Nastos, Allmusic 2008)
»Samo Salamon deserves to be considered in the same breath as contemporary guitar innovators like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder and Adam Rogers.« (John Kelman, All About Jazz 2007)
SAMO ŠALAMON – guitar (SLOVENIA)
Samo Šalamon is »one of the most talented young guitarists and composers on today’s jazz scene« (Allmusic.com, USA). So far he has released 19 albums as a leader for recognized labels, such as Fresh Sound New Talent, Steeplechase Records in Splasch Records as well as played, recorded and toured with recognized jazz stars and musicians, including John Scofield, Tim Berne, Paul McCandless, Mark Turner, Michel Godard, John Hollenbeck, Drew Gress, Nguyen Le, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Dave Binney, Josh Roseman, John Hebert, Donny McCaslin, Dominique Pifarely, Gerald Cleaver, Bruno Chevillon, Loren Stillman, John O’Gallagher, Julian Arguelles, Carlo DeRosa, Tyshawn Sorey, Matt Brewer, Alex Machacek, Manu Codjia, Mikkel Ploug, Luciano Biondini, Jim Mullen, Rudi Mahall, Sabir Mateen, Fareed Haque, Rudy Linka, Paolino Dalla Porta, Ares Tavolazzi, Roberto Dani, Joris Teepe, Bruno Cesselli, Zlatko Kaucic, Salvatore Maiore, Kyle Gregory, Emanuele Cisi, Gianluca Petrella, Dejan Terzic, Wilbert de Joode in drugi.
The prestigious publishing house Penguin Books (Brian Morton & Richard Cook: The Penguin Jazz Guide – The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums (Penguin Books, 2011) has in 2011 ranked Samo Salamon’s CD Ornethology among the 1001 best albums in the history of jazz along the jazz giants, such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker and others. Samo Šalamon is the only Slovenian musicians who can boast with such an achievement!
A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. A student of Robert Bloom at the Manhattan School of Music, he was a finalist in the 1971 English horn auditions for the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon.
In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. Most notably he wrote music for the video Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production with Graham Greene as narrator. Paul recorded three of his orchestral scores for a CD called “Oregon In Moscow” featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra. “ Round Robin,” the opening track received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, St Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Stuttgart symphony orchestras.
ROBERTO DANI – drums (ITALY)
Roberto Dani is one of the most creative and in-demand European drummers, having recorded 6 albums as a leader and collaborated on more than 60 albums. He has toured and recorded with musicians like Dave Liebman, Louis Sclavis, Al di Meola, Michel Godard, Kenny Wheeler, Vincent Courtois, Ralph Alessi, Lee Konitz, Tim Berne, Ben Monder, Ravi Coltrane, Stefano Battaglia, Hal Crook, Mika Pohjola, George Garzone, Luciano Biondini, Norma Winstone, Drew Gress, Mick Goodrick, Erik Friedlander, and others.