There is a long history of similar approaches employed by jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Gil Evans; however, Hatfield had not encountered these techniques in printed form for guitar and bass.
In deciding to publish the scores of these compositions, Hatfield is encouraging classical guitarists to explore the terrain of the jazz musician, and jazz guitarists to explore some of the polyphonic techniques and voice leading methods traditionally associated with classical composition.
Hatfield hopes that his fellow guitarists find these works as fulfilling to play as he did to compose.
In addition to performing with his ensemble, Ken has performed and/or recorded with Charlie Byrd, Jack McDuff, Chico Hamilton, Jimmy McGriff, Melissa Manchester, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Stephanie Mills, Linda Hopkins, Billy Daniels, Pat Benatar, Maurice Hines, Charles Aznavour, Bob Cranshaw, Grady Tate, Harold Mabern, Brian Torff, Marcus Miller, Kenny Kirkland, Dom Salvafor, Ben E. King, Eddie Kendricks, Marlena Shaw, Vivian Reed, and Z.Z. Hill.
Ken's formal education includes study at the Berklee College of Music, where he joined the faculty at the age of 19 after one year's attendance, and the State University of New York, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
"Ken's command of the classical guitar... is formidable and ...he is a serious voice on this instrument."
Randall Kremer, Just Jazz Guitar magazine
"I like the compositions, especially the sonata, a major undertaking, very well executed. The playing is damned good too."
Charlie Byrd, Solo Artist
"...his creativity, technique, and general musicality are always a delight."
Charles Chapman, Just Jazz Guitar magazine