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End Of A Day

by Matt Johnson

Piano & Acoustic Ensemble. Dedicated to his son, Luke, Matt's fourth CD is an eclectic blend of textures and titles. Quite an ambitious project that features a Boston Symphony Orchestra string section among the more than 20 performers.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Attack of the Killer Bunnies
4:31 $0.99
2. Luke's Theme
3:47 $0.99
3. Hidden
3:05 $0.99
4. Well, My Heart's So Sad
3:35 $0.99
5. It's Finally Out!
5:35 $0.99
6. Stereo Kisses
2:41 $0.99
7. Boo!
3:54 $0.99
8. End of a Day
4:47 $0.99
9. Shadows On the Wall
2:01 $0.99
10. The Clouds, They Roll By
5:31 $0.99
11. Fairy Tales
4:15 $0.99
12. Lost & Found
6:02 $0.99
13. Kiss Away the Hurt
3:38 $0.99
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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

From MainlyPiano
"End of a Day" is a piano and ensemble album of thirteen original pieces by Matt Johnson that he dedicated to his son, Luke. More than twenty performers added their talents to the music, including a Boston Symphony string section. The music is varied in mood and styling from slow ballads to smooth jazz, Latin jazz, new age and more. Johnson performs on piano, keyboards, percussion and handbells, and additional instrumentation includes flutes, brass, sax, vocals, vibes, bass and guitars.

Matt Johnson is a classically-trained pianist who earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Composition with a Distinction in Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. A prolific composer and performer as well as a sought-after teacher, Johnson has performed extensively in venues from Boston to Brazil. His music is a neo-romantic blending of contemporary jazz, new age, popular and classical elements that give his music a very distinctive sound.

"End of a Day" begins with “Attack of the Killer Bunnies,” an intriguing title, indeed! The piece starts out as a slow sax and piano duet reminiscent of film noir music, but don’t let the intro fool you! At about the 1-minute mark, it becomes a lively jazz piece with a playful and infectious Latin beat that will have your toes tapping in no time! “Luke’s Theme” is the first piece Matt composed after Luke was born. Slow and dreamy, I’m sure it was an effective lullaby for both father and son! “Well, My Heart’s So Sad” is a favorite. Piano and strings paint a poignant, melancholy picture in shades of deep blue and gray. “Stereo Kisses” feels very much like a warm, lingering hug with piano, sax, cello and bass illustrating what you get when a baby is held between mommy and daddy while receiving lots of kisses on each cheek. The repeated piano pattern suggests comfort and safety as well as unwavering parental love. “Boo!” cranks up the energy level with a lively Latin rhythm swirling around trumpets, saxes and flutes. I’ll bet you can’t listen to this one all the way through without cracking a smile! The title track is a beautiful nocturne inspired by the special time shared while putting Luke to bed - another favorite. I also really like “Shadows On the Wall,” a slow, uncomplicated piano solo with classical roots. “Fairy Tales” is an enchanting slow dance guaranteed to soothe a soul of any age. “Kiss Away the Hurt” brings the album to a close with a tender piano/vocal/sax song inspired by rocking a child with a hurt knee to sleep while humming this lovely tune.

Although "End of a Day" was recorded twenty-four years ago, the music is timeless and just as interesting today as it was when it was first “born.”