In a Man’s World - although it must be said there are some very great women in the field - Al Schmitt is The MAN!
To enumerate all of the great artists that Al has recorded, it would be far more efficient to just list the 7 or 8 that he hasn’t...yet. And although he has worn many hats over his long career (mixer, producer, label owner, author, educator) he always returns to the thing he loves so much and for which his is a singular talent: recording. Sure, his uncle had a recording studio when Al was just a kid in Brooklyn. Sure he had been a drummer. But that doesn’t begin to explain the magic connection Al has with an artist whenever they are in the studio! First off he wants to make a deal - he will give you the most comfortable creative situation that you could ever hope for - he will make you sound better than you do in your dreams. And in turn you give him back the performance of your life. Simple.
And Al can eek out this magic from both singers and instrumentalists alike. His 20+ Grammy™ Awards testify to that skill, an achievement unequalled by anyone else. His engineering talents are displayed on releases by Al Jarreau, Diane Schuur, David Benoit, Diana Krall, Joe Sample, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Dave Grusin, Natalie Cole, Toto, Luther Vandross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton, Madonna, Anita Baker, Frank Sinatra, and John Raitt.
"Al's minimalist approach to his craft lets the listener hear the beauty and the sexiness of the music" - Pete Doell.