Down Beat - p.874 stars out of 5
-- "This is a superbly controlled record, balancing the booming ego in Avishai Cohen's basslines with the diligent niceties of Sam Barsh's baroque-infused piano and Amos Hoffman's oud added for dramatic effect on half the tracks."
JazzTimes - p.75
"This is a unit with rock-solid cohesion that knows how to kick off an album."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.984 stars out of 5
-- "[They are] one of the most agile, empathetic trios today."
Personnel: Avishai Cohen (acoustic bass, electric bass, hand claps); Avishai Cohen (upright bass, bass guitar); Amos Hoffman (oud, hand claps); Sam Barsh (piano, keyboards, hand claps); Mark Guiliana (drums, hand claps, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Avishai Cohen .
Recording information: Nilento Studios AB (12/10/2005-12/17/2005).
Photographer: Daniel Kedem.
Arranger: Avishai Cohen .
Avishai Cohen contributed all ten selections to Continuo, originals that are often influenced by Middle Eastern music. Cohen's bass dominates throughout, easily taking the most solo space. His trio with pianist Sam Barsh and drummer Mark Guilliana is tight, often being joined by Amos Hoffman on oud. The music is atmospheric, sometimes introspective, touched strongly by Western classical music and spontaneous in spots. Lovers of Avishai Cohen's bass solos will want this set although others will wish that there were more variety in frameworks and instrumentation. ~ Scott Yanow