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Something About the Moon

by Matt Johnson

Piano & Acoustic Ensemble. In this, his second recording, Matt shows his early arranging skills with the addition of saxophone, cello, flute, guitar, drums and bass on six of the tunes.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Katja
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2. Rainy Day Comfort
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3. Serenade (for Dolce & Nuit)
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4. A Little Gem
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5. Something About the Moon
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6. Chatham
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7. Our Song
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8. Longing For Yesterday
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Matt Johnson, born in Sherman, Texas, is a dynamic, classically trained pianist who received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University. As a graduate student at New England Conservatory of Music, he formally expanded his talents in the area of composition. Studying under William Thomas McKinley, he received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies & Composition with a Distinction in Performance.

A prolific writer and performer, Matt has performed extensively in venues from Boston to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His music is Neo-Romantic, employing a unique blend of contemporary jazz, new age, popular and classical elements.

Matt has released five Contemporary Instrumental recordings of original compositions. Origins, his fifth & latest CD, was released in 2000. In 1995, End of a Day was released – Matt’s fourth recording which he dedicated to his oldest son. The third CD Conversations was originally released by Critique Records in 1992, but has been reissued by Dolce & Nuit Productions. Matt’s second recording Something About the Moon came out in 1989 and his very first album (now on CD) A Quiet Moment hit the retail shelves in 1986.

Matt has been studying/playing the piano since the age of six. His classical training has included numerous piano performance competitions and orchestral appearances. Matt is a writer member of A.S.C.A.P. and his publishing company, Dolce & Nuit Productions, is a publisher member as well.

Matt currently resides in Florida, U.S.A. with his wife and three sons. His versatility allows him to teach piano, theory & composition…play piano, organ & keyboards for Contemporary & Traditional services at his local church…as well as accompany & adjudicate music festivals & competitions.
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P.S. - check out my site for more info about my piano scores & sheet music, choral & vocal works, handbell & instrumental works, private music lessons, workshops offered, photographic projects, YouTube links and additional stuff...;-)

www.MattJohnsonMusic.com

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Kathy Parsons

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"Something About the Moon" is the second album by pianist/composer Matt Johnson. Originally released in 1989, six of the eight original compositions are arranged for piano and ensemble and two are solo piano. Composed in a variety of styles from light jazz to classical to new age and pop instrumental, there is something for just about anybody on this recording. A classically-trained pianist from the age of six, Johnson received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Jazz Studies and Composition with a Distinction in Performance. Also a teacher and church musician, the wide variety of influences on Johnson’s music gives him a unique and distinctive musical voice. Although it has been about 31 years since "Something About the Moon" was released, the music has stood the test of time and still sounds fresh and inviting.

The album begins with “Katja,” a piece dedicated to Johnson’s wife. It opens with a sax solo that segues to an elegant piano solo before becoming an ensemble piece for piano, sax, drums, electric bass and flute. Sometimes soulful and sometimes upbeat and playful, it’s a great opener! “Rainy Day Comfort” is a favorite. Beginning with the sound of rain and thunder, it is otherwise a piano solo. Dreamy and more than a little bit wistful, it is easy to imagine staring at the rain with this gorgeous piece playing in the background - a perfect accompaniment to being lost in thought. “Serenade” is also a favorite. The beautiful piano melody overflows with emotion and is supported by cello, guitar, flutes and drums. Not overly complicated and rather slow, the passion of all of the instrumentalists makes this piece a real stand-out. Love it! “A Little Gem” is a jazzy trio for piano, drums and electric bass. Joyously upbeat and optimistic, this one will have your toes tapping in no time! The title track begins with a very free solo piano intro that sets a mysterious tone before the drums enter with a steadier rhythm. At just under nine minutes, several different themes are interwoven in what could be considered a multi-movement work that is played without pausing between sections. At about the mid-point of the piece, both musicians pull out all the stops and “let ‘er rip” before returning to a much softer and gentler tone, rebuilding the power, and then trailing off at the end. I really like this one, too! “Chatham” picks up the tempo for a jazzy ensemble piece for piano, sax, drums, electric bass, drums and percussion. Bright with a driving beat, this one is full of exuberant fun. “Our Song” is a jaunty little piano solo that grins from ear to ear as it expresses the bliss of being with someone you love and walking on air. The soulful “Longing For Yesterday,” a duet for piano and sax, is pretty much the opposite mood of “Our Song.” Dark and melancholy, it brings the album to a quiet, moody close.
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