ENG DMG Newsletter, Bruce Lee Gallanter (nov.2009)

I recall Ohad Talmor from his time with Other Quartet who had a couple of fine discs on the Knit label way back when. Since then Ohad has collaborated with Lee Konitz and co-led a band with eternal bass great and composer Steve Swallow. Even further back, I remember drum great Adam Nussbaum from his time with John Scofield and John Abercrombie.
‘Playing in Traffic’ is a true trio effort with each member of the trio contributing songs. In between some of the tracks are short improvised sections, which add a different flavor the more laid back songs. Electric bass legend Steve Swallow has his own approach and sound on bass and it is Steve that kicks things off on the title track, swinging his tush off while Ohad plays slow burning tenor with that warm, tasty tone. The “Days of Old” has a most relaxed vibe with a sublime bass solo from Mr. Swallow and an elegant tenor solo from Mr. Talmor. There is something most endearing about calm pace of many of these tracks, the dreamy, drifting pace washes over us like warm, comfortable blanket. Very nice indeed.