On Shawn Maxwell’s Story At Eleven, his 11th album as a leader, the alto saxophonist is joined by keyboardist Collin Clauson, electric bassist Michael Barton and drummer Greg Essig to perform an original four-part suite. In the first three sections, a repetitive phrase played by one of the musicians serves as that movement’s foundation. “Appointment With…” features a colorful keyboard solo and a Maxwell improvisation that hints at Kenny Garrett. “Internal Rift” is built off a drum pattern that inspires some wailing alto, while “Near Surrender” includes three themes that explore a variety of fresh ideas. The concluding “Answer & Arrival” may seem the most conventional until one notices the time signatures (evolving from 13/4 to 11/4 and 3/4).