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by Matt Johnson

Solo Piano. Matt's fifth recording finds him comfortably returning to his roots...the piano...indeed, his "origins." A collection of 17 pieces—shared in their original solo piano versions.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Reassurance
3:19 $0.99
2. Noah's Theme
3:41 $0.99
3. Cannes
2:32 $0.99
4. Thirty Two
3:36 $0.99
5. klmn
5:00 $0.99
6. Windchimes
3:59 $0.99
7. Origins
13:06 $0.99
8. So Good To Me
4:05 $0.99
9. Remarkable
3:50 $0.99
10. ROAR
5:23 $0.99
11. My Thoughts Are With You
3:04 $0.99
12. Caitlin's Lullaby
1:37 $0.99
13. A Wedding Gift
4:44 $0.99
14. Sambinha
2:39 $0.99
15. Morning Sun
2:20 $0.99
16. Transitions
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17. Simple
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Album Notes
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
"Origins" is a collection of sixteen original piano solos and one piano/vocal piece by pianist/composer Matt Johnson. Johnson is a classically-trained pianist who earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University. He earned 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 blend of contemporary jazz, new age, popular and classical elements. He started piano lessons at the age of six and the cover photo for "Origins" shows him playing the piano at this young age.

With such a variety of influences, it is no surprise that the music on "Origins" is varied in mood, styling and tempo. My only criticism is the sound of the digital piano. When the album was recorded, most digital pianos had a metallic harpsichord-like sound and a narrower dynamic range than an acoustic piano, and this one is no exception. The music itself is excellent, the piano sound is less so. Many people can’t hear the difference, but I have a good acoustic grand and listen to piano music, both live and recorded, most of the day every day, so it’s a bit of a “job hazard” in my case. The quality of Johnson's music is very high.

I can’t comment on all seventeen tracks because this review would get too long, but will tell you about a few favorites. “Reassurance” is a heartfelt and comforting piece that opens the album and lets listeners know right away that this is a pianist/composer who really knows what he’s doing. “Noah’s Theme” is a beautiful tribute to a beloved son and is more jazz-infused than classical with complex chords and rhythms. The lively and spirited “Cannes” has a joyful touch that dances all over the piano keyboard. “Windchimes” is my favorite piece on the album with its light, sparkling flow and sunny expression of peaceful contentment. The title track is by far the longest piece on the album (13+ minutes) and much of the piece features jazzy wordless vocals by a female singer. The piece itself is fascinating, but I’m not crazy about the vocals and find them a bit distracting. “So Good To Me” has a more pop/ smooth jazz ballad styling and a melody that could easily support lyrics (none needed!). The poignant and emotive “Remarkable” is perhaps the most “new age” piece on the album, reminding me a bit of Jim Chappell. I will be revisiting this gorgeous piece with sheet music in hand! “My Thoughts Are With You (Little One)” is a lovely slow ballad for a young child that reflects sadness with a tender touch. The sweet and innocent “Caitlin’s Lullaby” was composed in an easy classical style reminiscent of Mozart and Haydn. “Sambinha” (little samba) is lively and exuberant with a joyful Latin beat. The short and uncomplicated “Simple” brings the album to a gentle, wistful close.