Where are they now? - Jon Davison

This page last updated: 6 Nov 2017

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Yes

Davison remains in Yes: see the main page.

With Glass Hammer
Davison was in Glass Hammer (Facebook) from 2009-14, but left the band due to his commitments to Yes. Lately, the band have been working with Susie Bogdanowicz as their lead singer, but they have remained open to working with their previous singers. Their Untold Tales (Arion Records/Audio Resources; trailer video), now out, is  a compilation of "rare and unreleased" tracks, both studio and live, "spanning the history" of the band from 1993-2017 and celebrating their 25th anniversary. Instrumentalists on the album are Fred Schendel, Steve Babb, Kamran Alan Shikoh, Aaron Raulston, David Wallimann and Matt Mendians. Vocalists on the album include Davison, Susie Bogdanowicz, Walter Moore, Carl Groves, Laura Lindstrom Davis, Schendel and Babb. The album was mastered in Aug 2017. Total run time is 74 minutes. Coinciding with the album's release was a hardcover photobook chronicling the band's history, which has now sold out. Tracks:
  1. "Shadows of the Past 2008", instrumental, a 2008 re-recording of the piece on the band's first album, Journey of the Dunadan
  2. "Infusion", instrumental from the 1990s, previously released on Tracy Cloud's Love Changes (1995)
  3. "Identity Principle", with Moore, recorded mid-1990s
  4. "Hold Your Head Up", Argent cover, with Moore
  5. "Babb's Bach", instrumental, arrangement of Bach's "Zion hört die Wächter singen"
  6. "And Then She Sighed", with Lindstrom Davis and a girls' choir
  7. "Eiger Dreams", instrumental
  8. "It's All Too Much", The Beatles cover, with Bogdanowicz, recorded 2009
  9. "Troll"
  10. "A Grain of Sand", with Davison
  11. "Cool Air", previously released on the multi-artist The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (2012), with Davison
  12. "The Impulsive Type", with Groves
  13. "No Man's Land (Live)", May 2017 live performance, with Bogdanowicz

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The tracks are arranged chronologically, with tracks 10 & 11 from Davison's period in the band. "A Grain of Sand" is an instrumental by Shikoh, with backing vocals by Davison; while not used, Davison's vocals were then used on "If the Stars" on If. "Cool Air" was written by Schendel/Babb.

Track 12,
"The Impulsive Type", is based around a pre-existing Neil Peart (Rush) drum track and was originally intended for the Sonic Elements project (see on main page).
Babb said in a Dec 2013 interview that the band is "slated to contribute a track on Sonic Realities' Neal Peart Project." The project is organised by Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact, worked with Jon Anderson, Billy Sherwood, Francis Dunnery, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, ex-Giraffe), who said on Facebook in Feb 2014: "I'll be mixing a unique track from the progressive rock band Glass Hammer next week! This song will have a very interesting new "element" in it." I asked Babb about their contribution in a Mar 2014 interview and he explained the track consists of Glass Hammer (Babb, Schendel, Shikoh, Groves) playing to a drum part by Peart: "Fred composed most of the music for this track, and I did the lyrics. Alan added a good deal too. Carl Groves is singing this one. We were given many of Peart's tracks to choose from, then asked to write music to his drumming and to incorporate his ideas into the Glass Hammer sound. [...] We just wrapped up this song, which for now at least is called "Impulse"." In an Oct 2017 interview, Babb said, "It is not possible to use his [Peart's] drums and have it not sound like Rush."
 
In early Aug 2017, during Yes's Yestival tour, Davison told one fan that he is back working with Glass Hammer: it is unclear whether this is new material or was a reference to Untold Tales.

With Edison's Lab
Davison has recorded vocals for a track with Edison's Lab, but is now talking to the band about the possibility of an EP or album together: see details on the main page.
 
With Taylor Hawkins
The Birds of Satan is a band from Davison's childhood friend and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins (worked with Brian May, Coheed & Cambria, Slash, Alanis Morisette). Davison guested on two tracks of their eponymous debut, released 2014: details in Yescography. In an Aug 2014 interview, Davison described the project as "the first CD, I guess you'd say, and I did some singing on that and a little 12-string work." He also described how Hawkins had been working with Squire and that the three had been considering a project together (see under Squire).

Other projects
Davison guests singing "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" on Billy Sherwood's forthcoming Chris Squire tribute album: see on main page for details.

Having worked with them previously, Davison has a small role on Mogador's album Chaptersend (Mentalchemy Records), released 3 Apr 2017 digitally and 9 Apr on CD (available from Mentalchemy). Tracks:
  1.  "Summer Sun" (5:35), with Ida Di Vita (violin)
  2. "The Escapologist" (7:00)
  3. "Deep Blue Steps" (4:38), Elisa Salvaterra (flute)
  4. "Still Alone" (6:17)
  5. "Josephine's Regrets" (4:02), with Davison (backing vocals); song available on YouTube and Soundcloud
  6. "Breaking Day" (1:13)
  7. "Gentleman John" (9:55)
  8. "Tell Me Smiling Child" (2017 version) (2:51)
  9. "The Tide's Undertow" (6:38), from hereon forming the "Fundamental Elements Suite" (2017 version)
  10. "The Salamander" (9:56)
  11. "Floating in the Void" (7:11)
  12. "Mammon's Greed (Pt.1) Eternity's Gift" (2:50)
  13. "Mammon's Greed (Pt.2) Infinity's Price" (5:46)
The band consists of Richard Allen (drums, vocals, percussion), Salvatore Battello (bass, backing vocals), Luca Briccola (guitars, flute, backing vocals, bass), Samuele Dotti (keys, backing vocals) and Marco Terzaghi (vocals). Details in Yescography.


Asked in the Jan 2013 interview about "plans for a Jon Davison solo album down the road", Davison replied, "I have no desire at this point in time to do any type of solo work. I've always preferred collaborative efforts. Between Yes and Glass Hammer [which he was then in], I find that there is more than enough creative opportunity."


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YES and projects with several Yesmen
Jon
Anderson
Chris
Squire
Steve
Howe
Alan
White
Geoff
Downes
Trevor
Horn
Tony
Kaye
Peter
Banks
Patrick
Moraz
Bill
Bruford
Rick
Wakeman
Trevor
Rabin
Billy
Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

Benoît David
Jon Davison
Asia
CIRCA:
Anderson & Wakeman
Others associated with the band

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