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Witham, David: Spinning the Circle (Cryptogramophone)

West Coast jazz musician David Witham in a set with Nels Cline, Scott Amendola, &c. in a versatile set of jazz, world beat and jamband influenced originals.

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product information:

UPC: 671860013228

Label: Cryptogramophone
Catalog ID: CG132
Squidco Product Code: 9511

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack


Scott Amendola-Drums

Jay Anderson-bass

Nels Cline-Guitar

Luis Conte-percussion

Jon Crosse-woodwinds

Greg Leisz-Pedal Steel

David Witham-Piano

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track listing:

1. The Neon 6:07

2. Who Knows 6:37

3. N.O. Rising 7:19

4. Momentuum 6:43

5. The Circle 6:59

6. Light and Life 6:42

7. Afrobeat 12:18

8. Con Quien 6:37
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Improvised Music
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Septet recordings

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"David Witham is one of those figures in jazz who is hardly a household name to the general public, shoot, even to the jazz public. But just behind the curtain, Witham has been a major contributor to the scene. A pianist who likes to dabble in the electronic stuff, he's been George Benson's musical director and keyboardist since 1990. He's also worked as producer or sideman with such luminaries as Tom Scott, Grover Washington, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, k.d. lang, Chaka Khan, Jose Feliciano, Eddie Harris, Larry Carlton, Maxi Priest, Chick Corea, Michael, and Randy Brecker.

With such a diverse but mainstream background such as that, you'd think Witham would play it safe with a competent but easily forgettable record, right? Ha, not a chance.

On the contrary, Witham gives us a challenging, set that varies wildly in tempo, mood, and structure while maintaining a steady level of interest. It's nothing like the music Benson or most of these artists are known for making. For these sessions, Witham borrows Scott Amendola from Cryptogramaphone labelmates The Nels Cline Singers, as well as Cline himself for a couple of tracks. Jay Anderson, whom I've seen on many notable sessions over the years, anchors down the low end on acoustic bass, Luis Conte supplies the percussion, while Jon Crosse provides all the woodwinds and flute.

With a crew of open-minded, seasoned pro's assembled, Witham made a jazz record for sure, but often grafted in parts of other kinds of music. It makes for an eclectic mix, a mix that keeps the listener engaged and wondering what will happen next. [...]"-Pico, BlogCritics

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Artist Biographies:

"Nels Courtney Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer. He has been the guitarist for the band Wilco since 2004.

He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. Since then, he has worked with a wide range of musicians in punk and alternative rock, notably Mike Watt and Thurston Moore. He also leads the groups the Nels Cline Singers and Nels Cline Trio.

Cline was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011."

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