By Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine
Saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matt Stevens are taking their successful 2018 project In Common to another round, this time surrounding themselves with three different players on In Common 2. It’s the same process with Smith III and Stevens writing the compositions and then seeking out like-minded musicians to join them. As in the first project, Smith and Stevens picked a selection of their favorite rhythm section players of mutual acquaintance: Linda Oh on bass and Nate Smith on drums – plus a player from a different generation, rising piano star Micah Thomas who takes the place of Joel Ross’ vibes. Read the full review here.