The trio of saxophonist Ohad Talmor, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum does not tour often, and U.S. performances are an especially rare treat.
Swallow and Nussbaum are widely known to jazz audiences, of course. One of the leading bassists in jazz, Swallow is noted for collaborations with Jimmy Giuffre, Gary Burton and Carla Bley. He was also one of the first acoustic bassists in jazz to switch entirely to bass guitar. Over the last 50 years Steve has actively performed and recorded with fellow jazz icons numbering in the hundreds.
Talmor, born in Israel and raised in Switzerland, works mainly as a composer and arranger, and more in Europe and Brazil than the U.S. He collaborated with Swallow on L’Histoire du Clochard: The Bum’s Tale, an album of Steve’s tunes arranged after the style of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. Talmor also leads the band Newsreel and has collaborated extensively with Lee Konitz.
During the early 1980s drummer Adam Nusbaum worked with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. In 1983 he become a member of Gil Evans Orchestra and played with Stan Getz as well. He later joined Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans. In 1987 he began touring with the Michael Brecker Quintet. In 1988 they recorded the Grammy winning "Don't Try This At Home."