The central focus of this recording is music inspired by and performed during a concert tour that Q’d Up was fortunate to undertake to five Russian cities during the fall of 2017. With the help and work of Artem Chirkov, one of Eric’s close bass colleagues in St. Petersburg, a two-week tour was organized to St. Petersburg, Kazan, Cheboksary, Nizhny Novgorod, and Moscow, where Q’d Up performed at various concert halls, gave master classes, and enjoyed the sites. They were accompanied by three BYU students—Steven Hardy on saxophone, Joseph Palmer on trumpet, and Daniel Burt on trombone—and these fine young musicians appear as guest artists on this CD (with Nelsen Campbell subbing for Burt on trombone). This incredible experience resulted in the creation of four original tunes from the band: Eric’s “Dosvedanya, Cheboksary,” Ron’s “Swingin’ in Kazan,” Jay’s “Rush Hour in Moscow,” and Steve’s “Zagranitsa (Mystical Wonderland),” all featured on this CD. Eight other tunes—several of which were also played on the tour—with recording sessions bookending our Russian journey, complete this album.
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1. Swingin’ in Kazan [5:19]
2. Snowdrift [7:45]
3. Take Me with You [8:26]
5. Dosvedanya, Cheboksary [6:49]
6. Q’d E π [7:29]
8. Rush Hour in Moscow [7:14]
9. Scarlett Cherry Blossoms [7:30]
10. Cliff Notes [7:25]
11. Quad Mekanix [7:13]
Producer: Ray Smith
Executive producer: Ben Fales
Recording: All tracks recorded, edited, and mixed by Michael Chadbourne at the LDS Motion Picture Studio, except track 7, “East of the Sun (and West of the Moon),” which was recorded by Jeff Carter and Ray Smith at Ray’s Studio 10.
Mastering: Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles, California
Final track preparation: Troy Sales
Publishers: Dash of Salt Music [Tracks 1, 2, 11]; Green Kiss Music [Tracks 3, 4, 9, 10];
Eric Hansen [Track 5]; LIJA Music Inc. [Tracks 6, 8]; Warner/Chappell Music Inc. obo
Anne Rachel Music Corp. [Track 7]
Q'd Up is currently composed of: