Saturday, January 13, 2018

Samo Salamon & Howard Levy - Peaks of Light (January 23, 2018)

The new duo project of Samo Salamon and Howard Levy presents two fantastic world-class musicians. The guitarist SAMO SALAMON (Slovenia) is one of the most talented jazz guitarists in the world, whose first CD Ornethology was selected among the 1001 best jazz albums in the history of jazz (The Penguin Jazz Guide - The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums). HOWARD LEVY (USA) is definitely the best and most innovative harmonica player in the history of jazz - founding member of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, multiple Grammy Award winner and musician who plays with jazz stars such as Bobby McFerrin, Donald Fagen, Dolly Parton, Paquito D'Rivera, Paul Simon, Rabih Abou-Khalil, etc.


Samo Šalamon is »one of the most talented young guitarists and composers on today's jazz scene« (, USA). So far he has released 22 albums as a leader for recognized labels, such as Clean Feed Records, Fresh Sound New Talent, Steeplechase Records, Not Two Records and Splasch Records as well as played, recorded and toured with recognized jazz stars and musicians, including John Scofield, Howard Levy, 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, Christian Lillinger, Pascal Niggenkemper, Stefano Battaglia, 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 and others. 

HOWARD LEVY - harmonica (USA) 

Multiple Grammy- Award Winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks. He is perhaps best known for the four CD’s he recorded with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, a unique band that set the musical world on its ear back in the early 1990’s. He got back together with the band in 2010 and recorded the CD Rocket Science. They toured extensively in 2011-2012, and Howard won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for “Life in Eleven”, which he wrote with Bela Fleck.

1. Devil's Darling 03:02
2. Chaplin Walks 05:50
3. Barren 04:54
4. Sleepy Burja 06:02
5. Our Tune 04:16
6. Riding the Urban Range 06:16
7. Para Para 04:08
8. The Harmonica Suite - Part I 02:46
9. The Harmonica Suite - Part II 03:12
10. The Harmonica Suite - Part III 03:38
11. Freeze 03:42

Recorded in Maribor in May 2017. Recorded by Darko Kukovič - Kuki
Mixed and mastered by Samo Salamon

Howard Levy - harmonica 
Samo Salamon – electric and acoustic guitars 

All tunes by Samo Salamon, except no. 5 by Samo Salamon & Howard Levy and no. 6 by Howard Levy