In My Life

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Composer Kevin Kern brings a fine touch to piano and keyboards, lyrical and romantic yet never too sentimental. Supported by Michael Wilcox on electric bass and Michael Spiro on drums and percussion, Kern shapes the music with an accomplished sophistication. Two classic covers, Elton John's "We All Fall in Love Sometime" and Lennon and McCartney's "In My Life," anchor the sides of the album, but Kern's own tunes stand up to the comparison. His "To Sleep on Angels' Wings," featuring the soulful sound of Celtic harp, is a noble tribute to his mother's love of music and poetry, while the Irish tenor of his father is remembered on "Emerald Legacy." Cellist Thalia Moore and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Composer Kevin Kern brings a fine touch to piano and keyboards, lyrical and romantic yet never too sentimental. Supported by Michael Wilcox on electric bass and Michael Spiro on drums and percussion, Kern shapes the music with an accomplished sophistication. Two classic covers, Elton John's "We All Fall in Love Sometime" and Lennon and McCartney's "In My Life," anchor the sides of the album, but Kern's own tunes stand up to the comparison. His "To Sleep on Angels' Wings," featuring the soulful sound of Celtic harp, is a noble tribute to his mother's love of music and poetry, while the Irish tenor of his father is remembered on "Emerald Legacy." Cellist Thalia Moore and Jeremy Cohen on violin add a touchingly rhapsodic aura to Kern's piano on "Passages." Kern's fans won't be disapointed by his gorgeous fourth album.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
This extremely melodic new age pianist makes no bones about his intentions. Based on song titles like "Love's First Smile," "To Sleep on Angel's Wings," and "Twirling in Time," it's clear that his lyrical, rhythmic piano pieces are intended to provide a sense of reflection, mellow joy, peace, and hope in a chaotic world. While he's a fine melodist who knows how to intricately weave melody and harmony as on ensemble gems like "Dance of the Searching Souls", what's most interesting is the way he bookends his nine original cuts. He names the album after the ultimate reflection song, the Beatles' "In My Life," and does a fairly pedestrian but quite graceful reading of that. Much more creative, though, is his choice of an opener, the obscure but simply beautiful Elton John classic from 1975's Captain Fantastic, "We All Fall in Love Sometimes." John's piano-based ballads have long cried out for new age or contemporary jazz interpretations, and it's wonderful to see Kern introduce the romance of his collection this way, and with such an non-obvious choice. With Kern, the message is pretty simple -- beautiful, spiritual melodies that relax and inspire. Not overly challenging but absolutely beautiful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Real Music
  • UPC: 046286258827
  • Catalog Number: 862588
  • Sales rank: 198,558

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Kern Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano
Jeremy Cohen Violin
Michael Spiro Percussion
Mike Wilcox Electric Bass
Thalia Moore Cello
Technical Credits
Ron Davis Engineer
Terence Yallop Executive Producer
Kevin Kern Arranger, Producer
Ron Hess Arranger, Producer
Michael Romanowski Mastering
Ron Hess Producer
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