Samo Salamon

Born: October 9, 1978    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Samo Salamon

SAMO ŠALAMON is one of the most talented and interesting young guitarists and composers to emerge on today's jazz scene, being selected by the magazine Guitar Player as one of the hottest 10 new guitarists in the world. He began his musical journey by studying classical guitar in Maribor. In December 2000 he was living with and studying individually for one month in New York with the jazz master John Scofield, with whom he has been a friend for years. Through the years he was studying guitar and had lessons with known guitar players such as Rudy Linka, Tim Brady and Andrea Allione. So far he has recorded 13 albums as a leader for labels Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), Splasch Records (Italy), Sanje Recordings (Slovenia) and Goga Records (Slovenia). So far he has played and recorded with many great international players like John Scofield, Paul McCandless, Mark Turner, Michel Godard, Nguyen Le, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Tim Berne, Donny McCaslin, Dave Binney, Josh Roseman, Gerald Cleaver, John Hebert, Julian Arguelles, Dominique Pifarely, Bruno Chevillon, Carlo DeRosa, Tyshawn Sorey, Matt Brewer, Loren Stillman, John O'Gallagher, Kariem Riggins, Luciano Biondini, Jim Mullen, Dejan Terzic, Rudi Mahall, Fareed Haque, Don Falzone, Rudy Linka, Tim Brady, Paolino Dalla Porta, Ares Tavolazzi, Roberto Dani, Wilbert De Joode, Joris Teepe, Bruno Cesselli, Zlatko Kaucic, Salvatore Maiore, Kyle Gregory, Emanuele Cisi, Gianluca Petrella, Achille Succi, Steve Altenberg, Yayoi Ikawa, Kruno Levacic, Igor Lumpert, Dusan Novakov, Andrea Allione, Axel Dörner, Uli Jennesen, Loris Bertot, Jan Rhoder, Danilo Gallo, Dejan Pecenko, Alex Deutsch, Luigi Mosso, Aya Shimura, Francesco Bigoni, Giorgio Pacorig, Vasko Atanasovski, Robert Jukic, Jure Pukl, Nino Mureskic, Aljosa Jeric, and others....
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”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.” (Jakob Baekgaard, Geiger 2011)

»One of the most influential guitarists of our time, which is an amazing success for a musician of his age.« (Jure Potokar, Pogledi, 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)

“One of the hottest 10 new guitarists in the world.” (Guitar Player, June 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)

»The guitarist appears again to be one of the most intriguing musicians around and who knows what he has in store for us.« (Alain Drouot, Allmusic 2007)

»Possessing a monstrous technique and an intense desire to navigate multiple jazz related genres...« (Glenn Astarita, EjazzNews 2006)

SAMO SALAMON TRIO feat. MICHEL GODARD & ROBERTO DANI: Eleven Stories (Samo Records, 2012)

with Michel Godard, Roberto Dani

SAMO SALAMON BASSLESS TRIOS: Duality (Samo Records, 2011)

with Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Achille Succi & Roberto Dani

SAMO SALAMON TRIO feat. DREW GRESS & TOM RAINEY: Almost Almond (Sanje Publishers, 2011)

with Drew Gress & Tom Rainey


with Michel Godard, Roberto Dani

SAMO SALAMON & ALJOSA JERIC QUARTET: Mamasaal feat. Mark Turner (Dometra, 2008)

with Mark Turner, Matt Brewer, Aljosa Jeric

SAMO SALAMON EUROPEAN QUARTET: Fall Memories (Splasch Records, 2007)

with Michel Godard, Luciano Biondini, Roberto Dani


with Michel Godard, Julian Arguelles, Roberto Dani

SAMO SALAMON NYC QUINTET: Government Cheese (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006)

with Dave Binney, Josh Roseman, Mark Helias, Gerald Cleaver

SAMO SALAMON NEW QUARTET: Kei's Secret (Splasch Records, 2006)

with Achille Succi, Carlo DeRosa, Tyshawn Sorey

SAMO SALAMON QUARTET: Two Hours (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006)

with Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey

SAMO SALAMON SEXTET: Ela's Dream (Splasch Records, 2005)

with Dave Binney, Kyle Gregory, Achille Succi, Paolino Dalla Porta, Zlatko Kaucic

SAMO SALAMON QUARTET: Ornethology (Samo Records, 2003)

with Achille Succi, Salvatore Maiore, Zlatko Kaucic

ANSASA TRIO: Arabian Picnic (Samo Records, 2002)

with Vasko Atanasovski, Zmago Turica, Samo Pecar, Nino Mureskic, Andrej Hrvatin

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