One look at David Witham’s recording credits and you can tell the guy’s from L.A. The pianist and keyboard player has recorded with everyone from Chaka Khan to Jose Feliciano to k.d. lang. But the music he makes as a leader belies his background as an anonymous hired gun. On Spinning the Circle, Witham’s latest recording, the 50-something musician honors the impulses of early fusion without coming across as a sentimentalist. The first sound on the record, for instance, is that of a skittery breakbeat, not the sort of thing you’d expect from someone stuck in the ’70s. Witham follows the progressive funk of the opening track (“The Neon”) with an Evans-esque piano ballad (“Who Knows”), a country-tinged pop number (“N.O. Rising”), and an accordion-driven freakout (“Momentuum”).
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