by Paul Wilson
On his sixth and latest jazz release, guitarist David Boswell is surrounded by some very notable jazz artists in what is a collection of highly melodic jazz. My first thought, and about the first notation I made, was “traditional jazz.” As I listened more, I realized that assessment was not especially accurate. There are also superb passages of a more upbeat, seemingly funk embellished smooth jazz also at work. Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets fame plays bass and even wrote one of the tracks. Andy Snitzer, a smooth jazz saxophonist, also lends a hand in the horn section. Boswell is a skilled guitarist and he displays those skills in abundance. I got the feeling I was listening to music that would be well suited to a Sunday morning on the back porch. In “Story,” Boswell slips back and forth between traditional and smooth jazz, melodic and sometimes upbeat, and does so with impunity.