When looking back at the most treasured recordings in American history, Al Schmitt's name appears in the credits of countless legendary songs and albums. His production and engineering work was truly one of a kind.
It all started with an apprenticeship at Apex Recording Studios. A nineteen-year-old Al Schmitt would come face-to-face with the legendary Duke Ellington and say, "Mr. Ellington, I'm really not qualified to do this. This was a huge mistake." Mr. Ellington assured the young engineer that they would make it through the session and the rest is history. Continue reading →