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by Matt Johnson

Piano & Acoustic Ensemble. Matt's third recording is meticulously crafted—weaving the unique sounds of each instrument to add texture and nuance. A symphonic poem gives way to meditative musings, soaring melody lines take turn with pulsing Latin rhythms.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Favorite Time of the Year
3:41 $0.99
2. Freckle On My Hand
4:20 $0.99
3. Sassy
3:58 $0.99
4. Never On Time
2:33 $0.99
5. Me Beija (kiss Me)
3:49 $0.99
6. Into My Life You Came
4:10 $0.99
7. You Can't Go Back
4:13 $0.99
8. Conversations
8:24 $0.99
9. She Fell Asleep in My Arms
5:18 $0.99
10. Carioca Lullaby
5:11 $0.99
11. Remembering Kristopher
1:49 $0.99
12. Sometimes, Words Are Not Enough
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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.

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...;-)




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Kathy Parsons

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"Conversations" is the third album by Matt Johnson. Released in 1992, the album consists of twelve original compositions for piano and ensemble (including two piano solos). With a strong background in classical music and jazz as well as sacred music, Johnson brings a wealth of experience and diversity to his music. He calls his music “Neo-Romantic, employing a unique blend of contemporary jazz, new age, popular and classical elements” and I would agree. Johnson has performed extensively in venues from Boston to Brazil and there is a very strong Latin influence in some of his music. The ensemble is made up of thirteen musicians (not counting Johnson) playing a wide range of instruments. The music is very eclectic, from bright and upbeat to pensive and more subdued, giving a great sampling of Johnson’s compositional range - even 27 years ago!

"Conversations" begins with “My Favorite Time of the Year,” a joyful and effervescent ensemble piece for most, if not all, of the musicians. Strings, flute, drums, bass and percussion lead the way with the piano somewhat in the background until near the end of the piece - a great opener! The playful “Freckle On My Hand” has a strong Latin jazz rhythm that will have your toes tapping in no time. Sax and piano send this lively piece soaring with a big grin! “Sassy” is a favorite with its driving, danceable beat propelling sax and flugelhorn as well as piano, bass, guitar and percussion - pure fun! “Never On Time” goes in a somewhat different direction with a piece for flute, piano and percussion that is still jazz but a bit smoother than the first three tracks. “Me Beija (Kiss Me)” is a wonderful Latin-infused slow dance for guitar, flute, piano and lots of percussion - another favorite! The gorgeous, soulful “You Can’t Go Back” is a piano solo written for Johnson’s parents. The title track is darker and a bit more mysterious with a full, rich sound that would work in a movie soundtrack. At almost 8 1/2 minutes, various moods are expressed - some with just piano, some with the full ensemble and some with a combination. I love the drama of this piece! “She Fell Asleep in My Arms” is a sweet and very tender duet for piano and English horn (with bass). Strings are added here and there. I really like this one, too! The word “carioca” refers to a native or resident of Rio de Janeiro, and the piece called “Carioca Lullaby” is slow and soothing with a hypnotic sax played by Bob Zung. The piano plays a repeated pattern as bass guitar supplies a quiet rhythm. And yet another favorite! The album comes to a gentle, reflective close with the second piano solo, “Sometimes, Words Are Not Enough.” Very free and expressive, it seems to be a “conversation” between Johnson and himself perhaps late at night by the light of a candle or two. It’s a beautiful ending to an exceptional album.