Despite his job at Deep Purple the Englishman Don Airey always finds time for solo albums. "Keyed Up" is his fourth overall. Even if the title and the cover might suggest some keyboard-heavy stuff, Don doesn't necessarily hold back, but he usually leaves enough room for the songs to breathe. Singer Carl Sentance acts at eye level with the vocalists from the prominent bands in which Airey has played so far. Bassist Laurence Cottle is just as much a crack as drummer Darrin Mooney. The latter played in Gary Moore's band until the end. And the deceased guitar legend escapes even posthumously on the songs "Mini Suite" and "Adagio". Don's and Gary's paths crossed again and again, for example in Collessum II or "Still Got The Blues". And "Claire D'Loon" sounds like a Gary Moore show of works in one song. But the highlight of the album is the new version of Rainbow's Beethoven interpretation "Difficult To Cure". Airey makes up for the lack of Blackmore's guitar extravagance with his orchestral keyboard sounds.
Top track: Difficult To Cure 2013