Mezzoforte: Eythor Gunnarsson (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming), Fridrik Karlsson (guitar), Johann Asmundsson (bass), Gunnlaugur Briem (drums, percussion, programming).
Additional personnel: Roby Duke (vocals), Steve Tavaglione, Ernie Watts (saxophone), Efrain Toro (percussion), Jon Kjell Seljeseth, Eric Persing, Rolf Graf (programming).
L.A.'s Seawind Horns: Larry Williams (saxophone), Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bill Reichenbach (trombone).
Producers: Rolf Graf, Eric Persing, Sven Dag Hauge, Mezzoforte, Eythor Gunnarssson.
Engineers: Sverre Henriksen, Nicholas Anthony Cathcart-Jones.
Recorded at MF Studio 7, Reykjavik, Iceland; Red Zone and The Mad Hatter Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California.
All songs written by members Of Mezzoforte.
Personnel: Fridrik Karlsson (guitar); Gary Grant (trumpet, flugelhorn); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Eythor Gunnarsson (keyboards); Johann Asmundsson (fretless bass); Gulli Briem (drums).
Audio Mixer: Erik Zobler.
Liner Note Author: Eirikur Ingolfsson.
Recording information: MF Studio 7 (Rock Mine Studio), Reykjavik (1987-1988); Red Zone and The Mad Hatter Recording Studios, LA (1987-1988).
Editor: Jonatan Gardarsson.
Just as the East Coast claims ownership of the best in straight-ahead jazz, pop fusion is often considered indigenous to the West Coast. Who would ever suspect that you could find any of the latter emanating from Iceland? But that's exactly where you find the punchy four-piece unit Mezzoforte. The recording time of this debut was split between Reykjavik and Los Angeles, with West Coast hornmen Ernie Watts, Jerry Hey, and Steve Tavaglione contributing to some of the perkiest original compositions this side of, well, Greenland. Mezzoforte has been playing as a unit since the late '70s, which might explain the overall tight ensemble work on this upbeat disc. It would be fun to imagine Bjork sitting in with them! ~ Jonathan Widran