Tender piano is the domain of Kevin Kern. His musical style is romantic, intimate and beautifully tranquil — a trio of characteristics that ensures his soft strains are a certain mood-enhancer when you are planning some alone time with that special someone. Or, for that matter, some alone time for yourself. Indulge in sweet serenity with Kern's Always Near, a romantic collection of favorites from his many albums. Most of these songs are performed on solo piano, with some light synthesizer enhancement and strings on a few of the tracks. In truth, Kern really needs no enhancement — his piano melodies are rich and full enough that they stand on their own really well. Songs here include "A Time Remembered," "And the Light is Forever," "Return to Love," "Softly Falling" and other Kern treasures.