It’s happened again. I played this album through a couple of times. The first time, I put my brain in neutral gear and let the total effect of the music tell me what it was about. The second time was a more critical listening to identify the interplay and the nuances of the various instruments. The seven or eight subsequent complete play-throughs, however, have been motivated by sheer greed. I can’t get enough of this album. It keeps getting better.
Who should listen to Keystone outside the community of jazz-rock fusionists? Bertoni’s eclectic compositions should appeal to followers of avant-garde and symphonically inspired prog metal, symphonic prog rock and Rock Progressivo Italiano.
Bertoni is a king of the keyboards. The music he writes is understandably keyboard-based. Metal fans are usually more interested in supremely good guitar work, which abounds on this album. If you like the jazzy hard/fusion rock of guitarists such as Craig Chaquico, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai or the late Kevin Peek, you’ll be in for treat with Bertoni and his band.