By Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail
Saxophonist Walter Smith III reappears side by side with guitarist Matthew Stevens in the revived In Common group, two years after the release of its eponymous album. In Common 2 remains a quintet but features a reformed rhythm team with emerging pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Nate Smith on board. Yet, the concept behind the project remains intact: inelaborate forms, direct and concise melodies, short durations, and a straightforward approach. Read the full review here.