Mixing and Mastering
Mixed by MITCHEL FORMAN at SHOWERHEAD STUDIOS, Simi Valley, CA, (USA). Asst. Engineering by ELLIS FORMAN, RIC FIERABRACI mixing consult for "Flashlight". KAI THOMSEN at KAIBORG STUDIO, Worpswede (D), Additional Mixing and Mastering by RICH BREEN at DOGMATIC, Burbank, CA, (USA). Co-arrangement on "Not From This World" by Mitchel Forman.

Produced
Michael „MSM“ Schmidt, Jimmy Haslip & Mitchel Forman

Recorded
MICHAEL SCHMIDT recorded at CONTRESCARPE STUDIO, Bremen (D)
MITCH FORMAN, CHARLIE BISHARAT, BRANDON FIELDS, WALT FOWLER, MIKE MILLER, JEFF RICHMAN all recorded at SHOWERHEAD STUDIOS, Simi Valley, CA, (USA); Engineered by Mitch Forman
SIMON PHILLIPS recorded at PHANTOM RECORDINGS, Sherman Oaks, CA, (USA)
VINNIE COLAIUTA recorded at STAGG STREET STUDIOS, Van Nuys, CA, (USA); Engineered by Erich Gobel, second engineer Jun Murakawa - Special thanks to Gary Denton and Melody Carpenter.
JIMMY HASLIP bass recorded at DOGMATIC and DYMOND SOUND, Engineers Rich Breen and Jimmy Branly
STEVE TAVAGLIONE and SCOTT KINSEY recorded at WISH SOUND; Engineered by Scott Kinsey
OZ NOY recorded at The POD STUDIOS, NYC, (USA)
DEAN BROWN recorded at HAND-ME-DOWN SOUND, San Diego, (USA)
CHUCK LOEB recorded at ANNIE’S HALL STUDIOS, (E)
BRYAN BAKER recorded at DARKLONE STUDIOS, Los Angeles, CA. (USA)
JEFF LORBER recorded at JHL STUDIOS, Pacific Palisades, CA. (USA)
RIC FIERABRACCI recorded at CRANKY BOY STUDIOS, Simi Valley, CA, (USA)
MELVIN DAVIS recorded at the BASEMENT STUDIO, Los Angeles, CA. (USA)
BOB FRANCESCHINI and BARRY DANIELIAN recorded at URBANSUFI STUDIO JERSEY CITY, NJ, (USA); Engineered by Barry Danielian
WOLFGANG HAFFNER recorded at LA LU, IBIZA (E)

Jimmy Haslip appears courtesy of Mack Avenue Records, Chuck Loeb appears courtesy of Tweety Records, Jeff Lorber appears courtesy of Concord / Headsup Records, Wolfgang Haffner appears courtesy of ACT Music, Mitchel Forman appears courtesy of Marsis Jazz


Artwork (Booklet)
Artwork by LaikArt, using a photo © by Ragnar Jónsson, Iceland

Photos (Booklet)
Photo of "Team Amerika" by Ellis Forman, photo of MSM Schmidt by Susanne Tobin

All songs composed by Michael „MSM“ Schmidt, published 2012 by Laika-Records, Bremen (D)

Total Running Time: 75:04 minutes

 

tracklist

01. Swing Your Troubles Away 6:17
 

Vinnie Colaiuta - drums; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Dean Brown - guitar; Bob Franceschini - sax (first solo); Barry Danielian - trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone; Mitchel Forman - piano & percussion, programming; Brandon Fields - sax (second solo); MSM Schmidt - synths

02. Too Much Traffic 6:52
 

Wolfgang Haffner - drums; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Mitchel Forman - piano, accordion & percussion programming; Oz Noy - guitar; Barry Danielian - trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone; Bob Francheschini - sax; MSM Schmidt - synths

03. E.S.P 6:34
 

Simon Phillips - drums; Brandon Fields - sax; Jeff Lorber - rhodes solo; Melvin Lee Davis - bass; Mitchel Forman - keyboards; Dean Brown - guitar; MSM Schmidt - add.synths; Barry Danielian - trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone; Bob Franceschini - sax

04. Nexus 5:52
 

Simon Phillips - drums; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Bryan Baker - guitar; Walt Fowler - trumpet; MSM Schmidt - synths & programming

05. From Nine to Ten 6:47
 

Wolfgang Haffner - drums; Steve Tavaglione - soprano sax; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Mitchel Forman - piano; MSM Schmidt - synths & programming

06. Return Of the Blade Runner 6:16
 

Vinnie Colaiuta - drums; Ric Fierabracci - bass; Scott Kinsey - synth solo; Steve Tavaglione - EWI; Mike Miller - guitar; MSM Schmidt - synths & programming

07. Not From This World 7:22
 

Simon Phillips - drums; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Mitchel Forman - keyboards; Brandon Fields - sax; MSM Schmidt - add.synths

08. One Step Forward, Three Steps Back 8:20
 

Simon Phillips - drums; Melvin Lee Davis - bass; Mitchel Forman - keyboards; Bryan Baker - guitar; Eric Marienthal - sax solos; Bob Francheschini - sax; Barry Danielian - trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone; MSM Schmidt - add.synths & percussion programming

09. E.S.P Revisited 1:42
 

Simon Phillips - drums; Dean Brown - guitar; Mitchel Forman - Rhodes; Melvin Lee Davis - bass; MSM Schmidt - synths

10. Flashlight 7:23
 

Simon Phillips - drums; Mitchel Forman - keyboards; Ric Fierabracci - bass; Jeff Richman - guitar; Bob Francheschini - sax; Barry Danielian - trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone; MSM Schmidt - add.synths & loops

11. Clark Kent Versus Secret Insurance Agent 12:20   This song is dedicated to Laurence Stevenson
 

Vinnie Colaiuta - drums; Jimmy Haslip - bass; Mitchel Forman - keyboards; Chuck Loeb - guitar; Charlie Bisharat - violin; Steve Tavaglione - EWI; MSM Schmidt - add.synths


 

demos

01. Swing Your Troubles Away 6:17
 

Swing Your Troubles Away - Full Score (g)

Fullscore [PDF, 1,43 MB]


 

statements

I wanted to share some thoughts about working on this project with Michael and Jimmy. I am happy to be again part of the team for my fourth outing with Michael’s music. The process of realizing this music is quite a journey and I am always amazed at the vision that Michael possesses.

On this project, I was placed in the co-producer role with Jimmy Haslip. “Team Amerika” we called ourselves first jokingly and somehow it stuck. His talents go way beyond his bass expertise; he has such a positive vibe that every session he attends becomes a joyous occasion. We had a lot of fun working on this project and I am grateful to get to know Jimmy a bit better than before.

I was also given the task of mixing some of the tracks. Is version 27b really better than 26a? I thank my son Ellis whose young ears and quick mind was a great help to me. To all the musicians who participated I bow my head in gratitude. What to do with all the reams of paper? Some of the scores were 30 pages long. Next project, iPads for everyone!

I believe Michael Schmidt to be a true visionary. His dedication, talent and patience are so inspiring to me. Thanks for inviting me to the party. I trust that you will enjoy listening to these tracks.
Mitchel Forman, Simi Valley, California, Feb. 2012


I dedicate this record to the memory of my friend Bernd Steinwedel who will be sadly missed.
Thanks to Jimmy & Mitch (Team Amerika): my dream team!
Kai Thomsen: Thanks for the great mixes!
All musicians and engineers, Peter Cronemeyer for still believing in my music, Holger Larisch for years of support and friendship, Ronald Goris (No. 1 brother), Ovidiu Dumitrescu (No. 1 fan), My family & friends & collegues, Susanne.
Michael „MSM“ Schmidt, Bremen, March 2012



 

photos


 

performers

Bryan Baker
guitar
Charlie Bisharat
violin
Dean Brown
guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta
drums
Barry Danielian
trumpet
Melvin Lee Davis
bass
Brandon Fields
soprano, alto, tenor saxophone
Ric Fierabracci
bass
Mitch Forman
producer, piano, synthesizers
Walt Fowler
trumpet, flugel horn
Bob Franceschini
tenor saxophone
Wolfgang Haffner
drums
Jimmy Haslip
producer, electric bass
Scott Kinsey
fender rhodes, synthesizer
Chuck Loeb
guitar
Jeff Lorber
fender rhodes
Eric Marienthal
alto saxophone
Mike Miller
guitar
Oz Noy
guitar
Simon Phillips
drums
Jeff Richman
guitar
Steve Tavaglione
soprano sax, EWI
Michael „MSM“ Schmidt
composer, programming, synthesizer

 


 


 

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Michael „MSM“ Schmidt
Contrescarpe 125
28195 Bremen, Germany

Telefon Deutschland: 0421‑12381
Telefon international: 0049‑421‑12381