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Uncharted Territory
     

Uncharted Territory

by Stephen Michael Schwartz
 

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Although he is best known as a songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood, Stephen Schwartz, born in 1948, belongs to a generation of tunesmiths who have tended to double as performing artists, and since he has a perfectly acceptable tenor, it's no surprise that he harbors the desire to step into the spotlight himself. Uncharted Territory, his second solo album, is,

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Although he is best known as a songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood, Stephen Schwartz, born in 1948, belongs to a generation of tunesmiths who have tended to double as performing artists, and since he has a perfectly acceptable tenor, it's no surprise that he harbors the desire to step into the spotlight himself. Uncharted Territory, his second solo album, is, like its predecessor, 1997's Reluctant Pilgrim, a collection of mostly independent songs. (The exceptions are "Cold Enough to Snow," written for the film Life with Mikey, and "Since I Gave My Heart Away" from the TV musical Geppetto.) But even when he isn't writing with character and plot in mind, Schwartz tends to write songs that describe people and tell stories, and it's often possible to imagine them fitting into some musical work as yet unproduced. A good example is the comic "Toxic People," which is about those individuals who somehow insinuate themselves into your lives, even though you don't actually like them. Generally, of course, love forms the primary subject matter of Schwartz's concerns, and he writes particular, closely observed love songs such as "Worth Waiting For," which reflects on romance between mature people who have prior commitments and experiences that preclude them from coming together innocently and unfettered. Schwartz's music for these songs has a light pop-rock feel that recalls the Adult Contemporary music of the 1970s; he tends to come across as a slightly more sophisticated version of Kenny Loggins (in a calm mood) or Barry Manilow, that is, when he's not channeling Stephen Bishop or Rupert Holmes. At least a couple of these names, come to think of it, are people who have crossed over in the opposite direction, taking their pop talents to stage and screen. No wonder they sound alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788003021
catalogNumber:
30

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Performance Credits

Stephen Michael Schwartz   Primary Artist
John Bucchino   Bass,Piano
Mary Fahl   Background Vocals
Sandra Park   Violin
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Martin Erskine   Keyboards
Andy Jones   Percussion
Jay Condiotti   Bass,Guitar
AnnMarie   Background Vocals
John R. Angier   Keyboards
Stephen Schwartz   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Diane Pennington   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Matt Beck   Guitar,Mandolin,Ebo
Javier Gandara   French Horn

Technical Credits

John Bucchino   drum programming
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
AnnMarie   Vocal Arrangements
John R. Angier   Producer,Engineer
Stephen Schwartz   Producer
Jessica L. Schwartz   Art Direction
Steven Lutvak   Composer

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