Chemical Compositions (2022)
Client: Michael Harris
Genre: Fusion, Rock, Blues, Jazz
Release Date: 21 July 2022
Format: CD, digital, stream
Total time: 50:45
Produced by Michael Harris
Mixed and Mastered by Davide Sgualdini at Studio LaMorte (Cagliari, Italy)
Michael Harris – all guitars, keyboards
Brian Harris – drums
Jeff Plant – bass
Adam Nitti – bass
Artwork by Simone Pisano Design
Music by Michael Harris
© 2021 Imminent Music Force
More information available here: michaelharrisguitar.com
IMMINENT MUSIC FORCE is proud to announce the release of “Chemical Compositions”, the new instrumental album from Michael Harris. Michael has been very well established as a composer, guitarist, and global recording artist for 3 decades, based on his previous 7 solo releases, as well as his bands, Arch Rival, Darkology, and Thought Chamber.
“Chemical Compositions” features Michael on all guitars & keyboards; his brother Brian Harris on drums; and both Jeff Plant (Thought Chamber) and Adam Nitti on bass. Stylistically, Michael describes the record as “tri-fusion” – a powerhouse blend of rock, jazz, and blues. Listeners will also find a fine display of acoustic, prog, and even funk on this record.
As on all of Michael’s recordings, the musicianship is top notch here, with his cast each delivering an exceptional performance. As the title implies, Michael again puts paramount importance to his compositions. From the opening energy of “Nuclear Tri-Fusion”, and the infectious melodies & groove of “Earth Elements”, to “Surface Tension” (which, after an emotive lead guitar intro, offers a little bit of everything musically), Michael then morphs into the vast and soothing palette of “Anti-Gravity”, followed by “Nitro Burn Down” (an up-tempo scorcher), and the progressive insanity of “Augmentia”. The final quartet of tunes on the record begin with the contagious swing of “The Acid Jazz Trip”, followed by a turbo charged remake of Michael’s own “Identity Crisis”, the simple and soulful melodies of “Resonance”, and lastly, “Dopamine Swing”, a veritable chops-laden mélange of shuffle, funk, and prog.
Further reinforcing the music on “Chemical Compositions” is one fine mix by Davide Sgualdini @ Studio LaMorte in Cagliari, Italy. Boasting a punchy & pristine audio experience, Davide’s sonic blend also boasts a clarity that is among Michael’s very best sounding offerings.
With the release of “Chemical Compositions”, Michael Harris has again proven to be a world class force as composer, guitarist, & recording artist, having created yet another highly impressive blend of songcraft, chops, and commanding grooves for your listening enjoyment.
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01. Nuclear Tri-Fusion
02. Earth Elements
03. Surface Tension
05. Nitro Burn Down
07. The Acid Jazz Trip
08. Identity Crisis (Re-Torched)
10. Dopamine Swing
Making Of Playlist
not yet released
Immediately upon meeting Davide, I could tell he had the knowledge, work ethic, and enthusiasm that I needed to mix my record. He stayed in touch during the whole process and was very attentive to detail and insistent that myself and brother Brian were pleased with the results every step of the way. Beyond having a fabulous ear for all instruments, Davide truly enjoys what he does, and it shows!
I worked with Davide on my brother Michael Harris’s album “Chemical Compositions”. I was already familiar with Davide’s work on an Antoine Fafard album and was very impressed with the overall mix, and of course the tone of the drums. So when my brother told me that he had hired Davide to mix his album, excited was an understatement. I remember the first mix of a song that we received from Davide and thinking “how could it get any better?”, And then he followed up a day or so later with another mix of the same song for us to compare, to see which mix we liked better, and yes, it was even better than the first mix. I’ve played on over 20 albums in my career and by far this is the best my drums have ever sounded. Huge! With Davide being a drummer himself, he knows how to get big killer drum tones that don’t sound fake. That being said, the drums really cut through on the mix but do not bury anything. Davide was able to bring out every instrument on this recording in an incredible way. He’s got a great ear, a great attitude, great suggestions while mixing, and is willing to put 100% of his talent and knowledge into the mix, and won’t stop until you are happy. Thanks Davide! Hope to do this again!
Any musician will tell you – the mixing process is a crucial part in music production. Davide Sgualdini is a master of the sonic world and can make a huge difference to any project, whichever the musical style is. He continuously dedicates careful attention to the music he works on in order to elevate it to its highest potential. Since I began to work with Davide, my music has never sounded better. I can confidently say that there are two periods in my musical life before and after Studio LaMorte!
The day Antoine Fafard discovered Davide Sgualdini and introduced his work to me was a revelation. What a day of joy that was. Like Ken Scott did for the Mahavishnu Orchestra album “Birds Of Fire”, the approach and sonic vision he brought to the mixing of my drum kit (on the album “Sphere” by Antoine) was entirely stellar, refreshingly exciting and had a real unique character that was instantly, MAJORLY arousing to my ears and spirit. I was astounded. At that point he became the new standard for me – an engineer with whom I look forward to working on many projects together. His expertise and relentless, tireless dedication to whatever he’s working on is only the “icing on the cake” element to his vastly superior abilities as an engineer/producer. Davide’ a rare one. And an equally beautiful guy to work with. I cannot endorse his all around excellence highly enough!
Thank you Davide sir!