Samo Salamon’s Two Hours is a very unique album. His combo produces very modern sounding music. At times the quartet of Salamon on guitar, Tony Malaby on tenor sax, Mark Helias on bass, and Tom Rainey on drums, plays admirably together, and achieves superior musical experiences. However, there are certain points where the music gets a little too "free" and it is hard to feel a groove.
Salamon is a very talented guitar player and composer. He plays an abundance of intriguing rhythms that make his solos exciting and interesting. The electric sound he produces on the guitar is compelling but is not too overpowering. His compositions fit well with the group and bring the listener on an astonishing musical journey. Salamon and Malaby make up an excellent front line and their sounds blend almost perfectly when they play the melodies together, producing a powerful and convincing sound. Malaby has a huge sound, similar to Chris Potter’s, and has a terrific altissimo range. But, sometimes he uses it too often, and it becomes repetitive to the listener’s ear. Helias and Rainey provide solid support for the band, and take great solos themselves. However, there are many instances where the groove gets dropped and the time gets off.
Overall, Two Hours is a high-quality album. It is filled with good playing, but at times the feel gets dropped, and it starts to sound a little uneasy. I would recommend this CD to any one who likes modern jazz.