Samo Šalamon napoveduje dvojni album “Dolphyology: Complete Eric Dolphy for Solo Guitar”

SAMO ŠALAMON (promo/press)
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Samo Šalamon, slovenski in mednarodno uveljavljeni jazzovski glasbenik, komponist ter nad vsem kitarski as, napoveduje za konec letošnjega januarja izid prvega solo kitarskega albuma, ki vključuje vseh 28 kompozicij Erica Dolphyja, aranžiranih za šest in 12-strunsko akustično kitaro z nazivom “Dolphyology: Complete Eric Dolphy for Solo Guitar”. Album bo izšel pri Samovi založbi Samo Records.

Album “Dolphyology: Complete Eric Dolphy for Solo Guitar” lahko že prednaročite na Samovi uradni Bandcamp strani!

Samo pravi: “Ob Ornette Colemanu, je Eric Dolphy verjetno eden največjih navdihov, ki so vzrokovali, da sem se v začetku svoje glasbene kariere odločil za igranje jazza in improvizirane glasbe. Četudi sodi Dolphy med velikane jazz glasbe, je na nek način ostal še danes podcenjen improvizator, ter nasploh komponist, ki pa je skozi svojo kratko, a slikovito kariero, ustvaril nekaj neverjetno lepih kompozicij.”

“Idejo za ta projekt sem dobil potem, ko sem v času mnogih ‘lockdownov’ preigraval glasbo in ob tem znova odkrival tudi Dolphyjevo glasbo. Obenem me je za projekt navdahnilo tudi delo Milesa Okazakija na podobnem projektu, le da se je on lotil s solo kitaro Monka. Na podobnem način sem skušal pristopiti h glasbi Dolphyja. Z Milesom Okazakijem sva imela v letu 2021 dolgo debato preko Skypea, Miles pa mi je razložil, kako je pristopil k svojemu projektu, zlasti k aranžmajem za solo kitaro, pri čemer se je posluževal mnogih kitarskih tehnik. Do Dolphyjevih del sem tako pristopal bodisi, po vzoru proste improvizacije, bodisi s sledenjem harmoničnih struktur. Dolphyjeva dela me spremljajo skozi celotno glasbeno kariero. V tem oziru sem izvedel mnogo improvizacij njegove glasbe, vendar le redko v samostojni režiji, to pa najverjetneje zavoljo strahospoštovanja, ki ga gojim do tega umetnika. Tokrat, pa sem si dejal: “Prav. Naj poizkusim!”, ob tem pa sem se v mislih kar se da osvoboditi bremena preigravanja velike solokitarske glasbene zapuščine Dolphyja, ki ga neizmerno cenim in spoštujem.”

“Glasbo sem posnel doma v svoji dnevni sobi, ki ponuja prelepo akustiko, z rabo vsega enega mikrofona. Vse skladbe so posnete z izvedbo v enem (prvem) poizkusu – zato se v ozadje zvočne slike občasno prikrade kak mimobežen manjši zvočni spodrsljaj ali nedolžen šum, kamor sodi tudi mijavkanje moje mačke.”

“Upam, da boste v tej glasbi uživali tudi vsi vi, kot sem v procesu njenega ustvarjanja in snemanja užival tudi sam!”

Samo Šalamon – šest-strunska kitara, razen mandolina na skladbi št. 14 (CD 1) in dvanajst-strunska kitara na skladbah 6, 8, 11 (CD 1) in št. 5 in 7 (CD 2).

Seznam skladb:
1. Miss Movement (02:52)
2. Serene (04:36)
3. The Prophet (05:28)
4. Miss Ann (03:00)
5. Lady E (05:20)
6. 17 West (02:30)
7. April Fool (02:58)
8. Something Sweet, Something Tender (05:00)
9. Springtime (05:14)
10. Hat and Beard (04:06)
11. The Baron (04:12)
12. Iron Man (02:32)
13. South Street Exit (03:24)
14. Inner Flight I (02:24)
CD 2.:
1. 245 (03:54)
2. Les (03:14)
3. Lotsa Potsa (03:32)
4. Straight Up and Down (04:44)
5. Burning Spear (03:10)
6. G.W. (04:02)
7. Strength with Unity (03:42)
8. Out to Lunch (03:06)
9. Mandrake (03:34)
10. Far Cry (02:14)
11. In the Blues (03:02)
12. Red Planet (03:50)
13. Gazzelloni (02:56)
14. Inner Flight II (03:02)

Avtor vseh kompozicij je by Eric Dolphy, aranžmaje za solo kitaro je prispeval Samo Šalamon.

Vse skladbe so bile posnete aprila 2021 v Mariboru. Za produkcijo, miks in masterizacijo je poskrbel Samo Šalamon.


Besides Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy has probably been one of my biggest influences as well as reasons in the beginning why I wanted to play jazz and improvised music. Although Dolphy belongs to the jazz greats, in a way he is still such an underrated improviser and especially composer – having composed beautiful compositions throughout his fairly short career.

The idea of the project began by practicing at home alone during the many Covid lockdowns, rediscovering Dolphy’s music again. Furthermore, I was inspired to do this album by Miles Okazaki’s great solo guitar Monk project. We had a long talk this year via Skype and it was so great to hear how he approached Monk on solo guitar. In the same manner, I have tried to approach Dolphy, but in my own way. First I transcribed all the compositions by Dolphy and arranged them for solo guitar, trying out different techniques. In the end, I improvised on tunes – sometimes free improvisation and in other cases following the harmonic structure. I have played Dolphy’s tunes throughout my musical career, improvising on them, but rarely in a solo setting; probably because of fear or respect. But now I was like, OK, let’s do it: I told myself I should not be afraid to play single lines or be burdened by the great solo guitar musical heritage, which I immensely respect.

I recorded all the music at home with just one microphone in my living room which has beautiful acoustics. All the songs are first takes – therefore, sometimes there is a small glitch or noise in the background, such as my cat meowing in the background.

Hopefully you will enjoy this as much as I have during the creative and recording process!

Samo Šalamon – 6-string acoustic guitar, except mandolin on 14 (CD 1) and 12-string acoustic guitar on 6, 8, 11 (CD 1) and 5, 7 (CD 2)

1. Miss Movement (02:52)
2. Serene (04:36)
3. The Prophet (05:28)
4. Miss Ann (03:00)
5. Lady E (05:20)
6. 17 West (02:30)
7. April Fool (02:58)
8. Something Sweet, Something Tender (05:00)
9. Springtime (05:14)
10. Hat and Beard (04:06)
11. The Baron (04:12)
12. Iron Man (02:32)
13. South Street Exit (03:24)
14. Inner Flight I (02:24)
CD 2.:
1. 245 (03:54)
2. Les (03:14)
3. Lotsa Potsa (03:32)
4. Straight Up and Down (04:44)
5. Burning Spear (03:10)
6. G.W. (04:02)
7. Strength with Unity (03:42)
8. Out to Lunch (03:06)
9. Mandrake (03:34)
10. Far Cry (02:14)
11. In the Blues (03:02)
12. Red Planet (03:50)
13. Gazzelloni (02:56)
14. Inner Flight II (03:02)

All compositions by Eric Dolphy, solo guitar arrangements by Samo Salamon.
Recorded in April 2021 in Maribor.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Samo Salamon.
Samo Records, 2022

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