Percussionist Bertone covers a wide range of musical turf - reggae R&B, funk, Latin, and jazz. In his nearly twenty-year career he has performed with many artists, including Tower of Power, Kenny G, Big Mountain, Maynard Ferguson, Stanley Clarke, The Beach Boys, Steven Stills, and Third World.
Bertone grew up with his parents listening to recordings of Tito Puente, Trini Lopez, and Vicki Carr, and dancing to the popular Latin rhythms of the day. When he was eight, his mother gave him a pair of bongos; his first conga was an LP wood model ("Very old, very beat up, and very cool!" he recalls). Today Bertone's primary instruments are congas and timbales. "I have always loved LP gear because of its overall durability and sound," he states.
Bertone's credits are impressive: he performs on the gold-selling albums "Free Up" by reggae masters Big Mountain and "The Wilsons" from The Wilsons (formerly Wilson-Phillips). He is also very involved with the Beach Boys camp and has played on the band's platinum-selling album "Stars and Stripes, Volume I," as well as on Brian Wilson's solo release "Imagination." Also playing on "Imagination" are Jimmy Buffet, Timothy S. Schmidt, J.D. Souther, and others.