Walter Smith III, Matthew Stevens, Joel Ross, Harish Raghavan, Marcus Gilmore – In Common (Whirlwind)

Collective composition and improvisation are at the heart of In Common, the debut from a group of notable New York City players, several of whom have played and/or recorded with rising-star trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. The band’s sound, with eclectic textures created by saxophonist Walter Smith III, two chordal instruments and a rhythm section, feels alternately

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