Premiere: Stunning Prog/Fusion from ALESSANDRO BERTONI’s “Keystone”

Alessandro Bertoni

Prog Sphere in cooperation with Generation Prog Records brings you an exclusive premiere of Alessandro Bertoni’s “To the Ends of the Earth”. Hear it below.

The song is the final part of the Megas Alexandros three-part suite taken from Bertoni’s first solo album Keystone, set to be released on September 9th via Generation Prog Records.

Alessandro Bertoni first stepped onto the international prog stage with the instrumental band Aphelion, who released their debut album Franticode in 2008. The disc was mixed by Derek Sherinian, which became the start of a long-standing collaboration.

For the first album under his own belt, Alessandro gathered an impressive line-up of musicians, all of them being masters of their craft. Brett Garsed (Uncle Moe’s Space Ranch, Planet X) on guitar provides a contrasting effect to Bertoni’s keyboard-work, while rhythm section comprised of a drummer extraordinaire Mr. Virgil Donati himself accompanied by Ric Fierabracci‘s aggressive-to-soulful basslines introduces the album into a new dimension.

The album was produced by none other than keyboard star Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater), who gave his protégé access to the keyboard arsenal at his Beachwood Manor Studios, famous for its superb sound. The result is a totally natural-sounding mix of progressive rock and jazz fusion where complex guitar riffs, powerful Hammond chords and intricate improvisations are interwoven seamlessly.


Commenting on the line-up for Keystone, Bertoni says: “I have always wanted to collaborate with the musicians I chose for this record – since I was a teen. Virg, Ric and Brett have been hitting for years and they currently are among the most expressive and versatile players around.

I want the songwriting to be at the center first and foremost. I wrote the music with the goal of making it sound like a real band. But of course the musicians enhanced my songwriting to the stars with brilliant performances. And most of all they had the capability to get into my music easily and to understand my musical intentions,” he continues.

On working with Derek Sherinian, Bertoni comments: “As a keyboard player I’ve always pointed to Derek as a role model and I have known him personally since his work on Franticode. It was really an honor for me to work with him, he has crazy skills as a producer. We are friends and we share the same musical taste, so everything went so smooth and musically pleasing.

Blending progressive rock and jazz fusion, former Aphelion keyboardist Alessandro Bertoni assembled a fusion all-star lineup for his solo debut: Brett Garsed, Virgil Donati and Ric Fierabracci – with Derek Sherinian producing!

Generation Prog Records label manager, Michael Schetter, says: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome Alessandro Bertoni to Generation Prog Records. The fantastic backing band that accompanies him on his debut album speaks volumes about both his talent and his good taste. The parallels to Derek Sherinian‘s own debut Planet X are obvious and in part clearly intentional, like the trilogies that open both albums. Fortunately, this is a comparison that Keystone need not fear at all!

Keystone is released on September 9th via Generation Prog Records. To pre-order the album, go to THIS LOCATION. Hear To the Ends of the Earth in a player below.

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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