Los Angeles, CA (July 12, 2016)—Legendary Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt is the focus of the new documentary, The Art of Recording a Big Band, which will get its world premiere at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood.
Available July 22 as an exclusive limited edition DVD release from Vintage King Audio, the 70-minute film was directed by Shevy Shovlin during a two-day master class at Capitol, with recording engineers Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick, and features Chris Walden’s Grammy-nominated 18-piece jazz big band.
The film focuses on the studio method of Schmitt, winner of 22 Grammy Awards. His most recent Grammy was awarded in 2012 for Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom. “We are really thrilled to have made this insider’s documentary,” remarked director Shevy Shovlin. “It’s been my longtime dream to film Al in action – it’s something for the ages.”
During his career, Schmitt has recorded and mixed more than 150 Gold and Platinum albums.His credits include hit records with Henry Mancini, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., Natalie Cole, Thelonious Monk, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Michael Jackson and many more.