It is always rewarding when a friend who happens to be an excellent musician drops a note and says `Give my colleague a listen.' And that is what happened when the highly regarded Hristo Vitchev referred his friend Glenn Schoonmaker as someone to hear.
Checking on some biography, the following is on Glenn's website: Glenn Schoonmaker is a musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been writing, performing and recording his own original music since the early 1990′s. The style of his music is as varied as the music he listens to. From jazz to rock, classical to 70′s R&B or flamenco to trip-hop there isn't a genre that he hasn't embraced at one point or another. His first instrument was saxophone, which he studied and played throughout his school years. The inspiration to play guitar came after being steeped in rock radio of the early 80′s. The desire to play other instruments, to write and record music was born soon after.
So we arrive at a moment of discovery. Since this recording was a live in-studio recording (very like a live performance) there is a sense of immediacy in his communication. He plays the guitar very well - the fret board fingering is very quiet and his singing voice is gentle, folksong like, never crooning, but far more in tune with the songs - all of which, by the way, Glenn wrote both the music and the lyrics.
The recorded sound (attributed to Kenny Schick) is so fine and lush that it sounds as though we are sitting in a very quiet place just taking in this very fine musician's talent. The songs on this recording are as follows: Marrakech Long Gone Lean Come On Down Better Days Amazing Love Liberate Tonight Moroccan Sunrise
Glenn Schoonmaker will be around a long time - especially now that his audience can expand with his recordings. More, please! Grady Harp, October 13