Samo Salamon

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Following an impromptu session, Samo Salamon presents a road-tested outfit with an international lineup showcasing reed player Achille Succi and bassist Carlo DeRosa, both hailing from Italy, and young American drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The other significant change is Salamon's sound, which continues to evolve as his multiple sources of inspiration keep on brewing. This time, his playing really betrays Bill Frisell's influence even if Scofield's shadow still looms in the back. Salamon is comfortable in various roles, whether he is comping, soloing, or providing a counterpoint. Succi is another major asset. His sinuous or zigzagging lines on the alto sax provide a welcome contrast to his alternatively mysterious and scorching phrases on the bass clarinet. All the compositions are penned by the leader who seems to privilege elements of surprise, for his music can suddenly shift in any direction. Adding another strong effort to his already impressive output, the guitarist appears again to be one of the most intriguing musicians around, and who knows what he has in store for us?

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