Recording Information and Credits
Title: Adam's Theme
Composer/Producer: Matt Johnson
Mixed/Mastered: Fernando Martinez http://www.estudiomoma.com.ar
~Anders Bostrom: flutes
~Fernando Martinez: drums
~Matt Johnson: piano
~Nicola Ziliani: double bass
~Clare Demer: vocals
Album Review: Adam's Theme (Smile)
2020 / Dolce & Nuit Productions
Review by Kathy Parsons
“Adam's Theme (Smile)” is a joyfully uplifting single by pianist/composer Matt Johnson. The third in a trilogy of pieces Matt composed for his sons, the piece was originally written in 1999 for Adam’s baptism service. It is interesting to note that “the melodic and rhythmic motif was derived using a cryptogram containing Adam's name” (quoted from the “Composer’s Notes” for the sheet music). The sub-title was obviously inspired by the fact that Adam smiled a lot as a baby (and what a charming photo of him adorns the cover!) Warm, sometimes playful and full of love, the strong yet relaxed rhythm propels the smooth jazz energy of the piece and just makes you feel good - a very important element these days!
In addition to the piano, the instrumentation includes flutes, drums, percussion, double bass and wordless vocals. The sheet music includes the solo piano arrangement as well as lead sheets for C, Bb and Eb instruments. The piano solo is 15 pages and isn’t simple, but it’s a fun piece to play even if you haven’t completely mastered the instrument.
As usual, Matt generously offers his recordings and sheet music downloads for free from his site.
Matt offers his original music with no expectation of payment. The above audio files and musical scores are absolutely FREE for your personal use and enjoyment.
However, donations are always appreciated.