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When I Remember

by Kevin Kern

With his latest release, Steinway Artist Kevin Kern pays tribute to the rich musical traditions and stylistic influences that continue to inspire his unique creativity and signature sound.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. We Should Waltz
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2. Once Upon a Time
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3. Say You Love Me
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4. Chance Encounter
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5. Dreaming of Home
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6. When I Remember
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7. Rise and Shine
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8. By My Side
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9. Off to the Races (For Grampa Norm)
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10. Chopin's Touch
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11. A Walk in the Sun
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12. A Lonely Heart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
He has always been a composer at heart. While Steinway Artist Kevin Kern enjoyed learning to play the music of Mozart, Chopin and Bach, and later that of Gershwin, Ellington and the other masters of "The Great American Songbook," the enjoyment he received from playing that music was nothing compared to the thrill that came every time he created something new.

In composing the pieces for this collection, Kevin decided to reach back to his roots and draw on the richly diverse influences that played such an important part in guiding the development of his musical voice. These included the classical works he studied as a child, the jazz standards that made powerful impressions on him through his teenage years, as well as the beautifully written popular songs he came to appreciate in adulthood. Each piece on this CD is inspired by, or meant to evoke a particular style of music that resonated with him emotionally at one time or another. "No matter what inspired them, each song represents an important part of me. And all of these parts have come together to make the whole musician I have become."

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"When I Remember" is the lucky 13th album (lucky for us!) by pianist Kevin Kern (not counting any compilations) and is his first album of all-original piano solos on his new independent record label, Kevin Kern Music. This is a very special album in that Kern composed the twelve pieces based on some of the composers and musical styles that influenced his own development as an artist. Some of those influences are fairly easy to figure out, but not all of them, so this definitely is not a “Name That Tune” sort of tribute. This music is all Kern sharing a very personal part of his musical soul. Having seen Kern perform live a number of times, I have hoped for more solo piano recordings from him, and this one was well worth the wait! Gentle, soulful and emotionally rich, "When I Remember" is sure to be a Favorite for 2016! A companion songbook is being prepared and will be available soon.

The album begins with “We Should Waltz,” a slow, graceful, slightly melancholy waltz that will erase the stresses of your day very quickly. Dreamy! “Once Upon a Time” lightens the mood a bit with sweet reflection and happy memories. “Say You Love Me” overflows with understated passion. I detect traces of Chopin and maybe a little Liszt in “Chance Encounter,” one of my favorites. The title track is worth the price of the album by itself! With hints of Beethoven here and there, this is sure to become a Kern classic. Deeply emotional and incredibly beautiful, it’s one of my favorites of Kern’s many compositions. “Rise and Shine” is light and bubbly - a gentle wake-up with a smile! “By My Side” reminds me of some of the great ballads of Michel Legrand and some other favorite movie music. A haunting minor key waltz, this should also become a Kern classic! “Off To the Races” is a sunny, joyful piece that pays homage to some of the easier Mozart and Haydn piano pieces we learned as young students - charming! The title of “Chopin’s Touch” gives away the source of inspiration, but draws more from Chopin’s influence than any specific pieces. The elegant and lyrical melody is Kern’s, but is reminiscent of some of Chopin’s timeless nocturnes - I really like this one, too! “A Walk in the Sun,” a wistful, easy-going jazz waltz, reflects on the influence of the composers and music from the Great American Songbook as well as popular American standards. "When I Remember" comes to a close with my favorite piece on the album, “A Lonely Heart.” Poignant and achingly beautiful, I think this is one of Kern’s best pieces ever.

I have now melted into a very contented and relaxed puddle after listening to "When I Remember" from start to finish - and I like the feeling! give it my highest recommendation!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I like the quote that accompanies pianist Kevin Kern’s photo on his new album release: “Our memories make us who we are. Mine are set to music.” These memories form the inspiration for the appropriately titled, “When I Remember,” which according to Kevin is his effort to “reach back to my roots and draw on the richly diverse influences that played such an important part in guiding the development of my musical voice.”

And there have been many influences and memories over the years for this official Steinway Artist whose work has included classical, jazz, pop, new age, and more. Kevin’s impressive list of accomplishments such as 6 Billboard charting releases, numerous film and TV credits, tours in the US and Asia, and much more, would certainly be impressive for any musician, they are especially so for Kevin who has been legally blind since birth. Kevin’s visual condition has given him a very different relationship to music than most fully sighted artists.

The classically inspired opening track entitled “We Should Waltz” is a perfect example of Kevin’s ability to paint pictures in sound, as it quite visually evocative to the mind’s eye. For me, this graceful song in ¾ time conjured an inner vision of people in elegant garb from a bygone era gliding fluidly across the dance floor of a grand ballroom. Another of his influences is heard in a romantic jazz ballad entitled “Say You Love Me.” One thing I was noticing and appreciating is that while some of Kevin’s playing can be elegantly understated, it is rich in nuance and emotional evocativeness. The album’s title track is a particularly good example in the depth of feeling its wistful melody conjures. And in the next track, an interesting contrast is drawn in the jazz-inflected “Rise and Shine,” which reveals a more light-hearted and playful side of Kevin’s musical spectrum. “Chopin’s Touch” requires no explanation as to the source of inspiration, and is quite a lovely tribute to this great composer.

What I find most impressive about the music of Kevin Kern is its expressiveness. His ability to imbue a composition with emotional insight and shadings of sentiment is remarkable. Even more so, that he is able to interpret this with characteristic subtlety, sophistication, and understated refinement. Kevin’s expertise in creating musically based descriptions of scenes, what he calls “Sound Painting,” is, I’m sure, both a gift he was born with as well as a skill he has developed and honed over a lifetime. According to Kevin: “I imagine the world as an ever-expanding soundscape just waiting to be turned into new musical ideas.”


To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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