This is only Todd Boston’s second solo album, but you might think it’s his twenty-second judging by the intricate compositions, masterful performances, and impeccable musicianship that make the guitarist sound like an old hand.
In addition to acoustic guitar, Boston plays dotar (an Indian
lute), flute, and bass, and is joined on this outing by a stellar lineup that
includes bassists Michael Manring and Tony Levin, percussionist Jeff Haynes, tabla and cajon player Ramesh
Kannan, violinist Charlie Bisharat, cellist Eugene Friesen, and vocalist Snatum
Kaur (whose 2012 tour features Boston).
The wide-ranging instruments and the talents behind them give
the CD an equally varied and exotic feel, encompassing new age, world, and
fusion. But at their core, all the tracks exhibit a down-home, folksy vibe that
makes the music warm-hearted and accessible.
My favorite tracks are “Twilight,” “The Brightest Night,” “Under
the Orion Sky,” and “Touched by the Sun,” but the entire album is serene and