David Witham - Spinning the Circle (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 340.86 Mb | 59:47 | Covers
Post-Bop, Free Improvisation, Fusion | Label: Cryptogramophone - CG132
When your resume ranges from being the musical director/pianist for George Benson for the past two decades to charter member with intrepid Cryptogramophone label head/violinist Jeff Gauthier's Goatette, what do you do for your very first album as a leader? In the case of David Witham, it's to collect friends from across the musical spectrum he's worked in for his entire career and bring them together for a first meeting that's as eclectic and unpredictable as one might expect. Guest appearances from stalwart Cryptogramophone guitarist Nels Cline and ubiquitous steel guitarist Greg Leisz aside, Witham's core quintet on Spinning the Circle might seem, on paper, to be one headed for a train wreck, but only if you're not familiar with their full breadth of expertise and ability to mold into any context. Witham, who contributes all but one of the disc's eight tracks, provides plenty of contextual diversity for his band mates.