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In 2012, Severn Records re-released two recordings from Jimmy Kimmel Live! bassist Jimmy Earl: His self-titled Jimmy Earl and Stratosphere. Originally released in 1997, Stratosphere features keyboardist John Beasley, Italian superstar Pino Daniele, Deron Johnson, Mitchel Forman and drummer Simon Phillips. It is a musical exploration which combines Jimmy’s love of electronic music with jazz.

Check out Jimmy’s other Severn release: Renewing Disguises.


Stratosphere was created by Jimmy Earl, a jazz bassist, who has played and recorded with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Robben Ford and Italian vocalist/guitarist Pino Daniele. He’s also played with The Crusaders, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ramsey Lewis, George Duke, Gato Barbieri, and Jonathan Butler. Using his love of computers and electronic music, Jimmy wanted to mix jazz with the sounds of techno and Drum N Bass.

Thanks to all the musicians, producers and engineers who participated in the making of Stratosphere. Special thanks to Sergio Cossa and everyone at Pacific Time Entertainment.


Jimmy Earl: Bass plus Computers and Machines (all tracks); Rhythm Guitar (track 1); Rhodes Piano (track 1)
Pino Daniele: Guitar (tracks 1, 4); Vocals (track 1)
Simon Phillips: Drums (tracks 1, 8)
Mitchel Forman: Fender Rhodes Piano (tracks 3, 9)
John Beasley: Fender Rhodes Piano (tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 8); Nord Lead Synth (tracks 4, 5)
Josie Aiello: Vocals (track 6)
Deron Johnson: Fender Rhodes Piano (track 7)


Produced by Jimmy Earl and Fabio Massimo Colasanti
Executive Producer: Pino Daniele
Produced by Jimmy Earl and Fabio Massimo Colasanti
Recorded at Plastic Studio, Rome; Beaker’s Sound LAB, Los Angeles; Valley Center Studios, Los Angeles
Mixed by Fabio Massimo Colasanti with Fabrizio Facioni at Plastic Studios, Rome except “Better Believe” mixed by Hilary Bercovici at Hollywood Sound, Los Angeles
Executive Producer: Pino Daniele

Stratosphere was originally released September 1998 by Pacific Time Entertainment
Original cover design:  Ole ’ Design Group
Package re-design by Al Brandtner, Brandtner Design

All songs by Jimmy Earl, Demusic-BMI except “Better Believe” by Don Freeman-BMI, David Batteau-ASCAP, and Jimmy Earl, Demusic-BMI

Photos used courtesy of NASA. By no means does this constitute as an endorsement for this CD by NASA.

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