Where are they now? - Jon Davison

This page last updated: 5 Jan 2019

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Davison remains in Yes: see the main page.

In Continuum
Davison guests on 3 tracks of the debut album, Acceleration Theory Part One, by In Continuum (Facebook; Twitter; YouTube), a new band project by Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact, worked with Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, ex-Giraffe). The core band is Kerzner (keys, vocals), Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band; vocals), Randy McStine (The Fringe, Sound of Contact; guitar), Marco Minnemann (The Sea Within, Levin Minnemann Rudess, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally, worked with Eddie Jobson, UK, Trey Gunn, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani; drums) and Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact; bass, guitar, vocals). Guests include Nick D'Virgilio (ex-Spock's Beard, Big Big Train, ex-Genesis, ex-Tears for Fears, worked with Chris Squire; drums), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis, ex-GTR, ex-Squackett), Steve Rothery (Marillion; guitar on 1 track), Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn, Mantra Vega), Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band, The New Empire), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Sound of Contact; guitar, vocals), Wes Dearth (worked with Porcupine Tree; guitar, vocals), and Leticia Wolf (Dead Deads; vocals).

Acceleration Theory is a science fiction concept album about a female alien named AlienA (Wolf), who falls in love with a human, Kai (Agudo). She warns the Earth that we are in danger of being annihilated by aliens who have been responsible for man's evolution over millions of years. The project arose from material by Kerzner originally written for Sound of Contact, including with Dorsey, Simon Collins (son of Phil Collins) and Kelly Nordstrom.

A debut single, "Be the Light", was released 13 Dec 2018. There is a 4:33 single edit available on Amazon, or a more expensive 3-track release on Bandcamp:
  1. "Be the Light (single edit)" [mus: Kerzner/McStine; lyr: Kerzner] (4:33)
  2. "Be the Light (radio edit)" (3:59)
  3. "Meant to Be" [mus: Kerzner/Jon Anderson/Nordstrom; lyr: Kerzner] (2:17)


There is an accompanying music video. "Be the Light" is performed by Agudo (lead vocals), Wolf (vocals), Davison (vocals), Kerzner (keys, vocals), Rothery (guitar solo), Dorsey (bass), McStine (guitar), Perdomo (guitar), Minnemann (drums). The piece was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, with additional mixing and mastering by Kerzner, and produced by Kerzner. Audio editing was by Andrew Gonzalez and Kerzner; the music was recorded by Kerzner, Minnemann, Perdomo, Davison, Dorsey et al.

Kerzner wrote "Meant to Be" with Jon Anderson. It was performed by Davison (vocals), Agudo (vocals), Wolf (vocals), Kerzner (keys, vocals), McStine (guitar), Dorsey (bass), Minnemann (drums), Wolfberg (violin, viola), Celli (cello). In mid-Nov 2018, on ProgressiveEars.com, Kerzner said, "it's been fun working with [Davison] on my original project "In Continuum". He sings quite a bit on it including a song I co-wrote with Jon Anderson that he's singing tomorrow in fact!" The song was previously considered for Sound of Contact's Dimensionaut. Kerzner also uploaded the track to SoundCloud as "Meant to Be (I Remember Reprise)": there, the track is credited as vocal melody written by Kerzner/Anderson, produced by Kerzner.
 
Acceleration Theory Part One: AlienA was released 1 Jan 2019. Acceleration Theory Part Two is due second quarter of 2019. Part One tracks:
  1. "Acceleration Theory" [Kerzner] (5:12), with Kerzner (keys), D'Virgilio (drums), Dorsey (bass), McStine (guitar), Perdomo (acoustic guitar), Wolfberg (violin, viola), Ruti Celli (cello), Joe Deninzon (violin), Wolf (spoken word)
  2. "Crash Landing" [mus: Kerzner/Perdomo/McStine; lyr: Kerzner] (5:52), with Kerzner (lead vocals, keys, sound design), Davison (additional vocals), Hackett (guitar solo), Dorsey (bass), Minnemann (drums), McStine (guitar), Perdomo (guitar), Wolfberg (violins, violas), Celli (cello); video
  3. "I Remember" [mus: Kerzner/Collins/Nordstrom; lyr: Kerzner/Collins] (5:47)
  4. "Two Moons Setting with the Sun" [mus: Dorsey/Kerzner; lyr: Kerzner] (6:20), with Agudo (vocals), Wolf (vocals), Kerzner (keys), Dorsey (guitar, bass), Perdomo (guitar), Minnemann (drums), D'Virgilio (additional drums)
  5. "Scavengers" [Kerzner] (3:58), with Kerzner (lead vocals, keys), Dorsey (bass), McStine (guitar), Minnemann (drums), Davison (additional vocals); video
  6. "Be the Light" (4:53), as above
  7. "Hands of Time" [mus: Kerzner/Nordstrom; lyr: Kerzner] (11:13)
  8. "Racing Through the Past" [Kerzner] (3:12)
  9. "AlienA" [mus: Kerzner/Wolf; lyr: Wolf/Kerzner/Collins] (4:46), with Wolf
  10. "Meant to Be" (2:08), as above
  11. "Man Unkind" [mus: Kerzner/Nordstrom; lyr: Kerzner] (5:50)
  12. "Banished" [Kerzner] (3:03)
There is a pre-order for both albums in hi res audio. The album was mixed, mastered and produced by Kerzner, except for tracks 5 and 6 mixed by Lord-Alge. Artwork was also by Kerzner.

In all, Davison sings on at least 6 pieces (with 3 on Part One, then at least 3 on Part Two), playing a specific character in the album's story. Davison did his recordings in May 2018. Agudo also did his final vocal recordings that month, with a few more sessions with other artists planned for the summer. Kerzner was mixing the album in late Nov.
 

The band will play Cruise to the Edge 2019, with Kerzner (keys, vocals), Agudo (vocals), Dorsey (bass), McStine (guitar) and Minnemann (drums), with guests including Davison, Dearth, Wolf, Perdomo, Celli and Joe Deninzon. The set list will cover the album and material by Sound of Contact.

Kerzner said on ProgressiveEars.com late Nov 2018 that, "Jon Davison and I have talked about co-writing together and doing more (whether it's with/for IC or not I don't know yet)."


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) was 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. The tracks are arranged approximately in a chronological order, with tracks 10 & 11 from Davison's period in the band:

  1. "Shadows of the Past 2008" [Schendel] (2:25), instrumental, a 2008 re-recording of the piece on the band's first album, Journey of the Dunadan; by Schendel
  2. "Infusion" [Schendel/Cloud], instrumental from the 1990s, previously released on Tracy Cloud's Love Changes (1995)
  3. "Identity Principle" [Schendel], recorded early 1990s except for a new recording of the ending, recorded 2017; performed by Schendel, Babb and Moore
  4. "Hold Your Head Up", Argent cover, recorded c. 1997; performed by Schendel, Babb, Moore and David Carter
  5. "Babb's Bach" [JS Bach] (3:18), instrumental, arrangement by Babb of Bach's "Zion hört die Wächter singen"; performed by Babb
  6. "And Then She Sighed" [Babb] (1:59), recorded 2009; performed by Babb, Lindstrom Davis and a girls' choir
  7. "Eiger Dreams" [Babb] (2:23), instrumental, mixed 2008; performed by Schendel, Babb and Wallimann
  8. "It's All Too Much" (4:36), The Beatles cover, recorded 2009; performed by Schendel, Babb, and Bogdanowicz
  9. "Troll" [Babb] (5:03), written 2008; performed by Schendel, Babb and Tim Starnes (harmonica)
  10. "A Grain of Sand" [Shikoh] (2:58), instrumental, written for If; performed by Schendel, Babb, Shikoh and Davison (using a vocal track from "If the Stars")
  11. "Cool Air" [Schendel/Babb] (9:44), previously released on the multi-artist The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (2012), with Davison
  12. "The Impulsive Type" [Schendel/Babb/Shikoh], with Groves
  13. "No Man's Land (Live)" [Schendel/Babb], May 2017 live performance, with Bogdanowicz

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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 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. He sang live with them on the 2018 Cruise to the Edge, singing on "If the Sun" and "If the Stars" with  Bogdanowicz. In the Jan 2019 issue of Prog, Babb said, "We'll probably do some more with him [Davison] in the future[.] I think he wants to."
 
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". 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 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.

Davison guests on United Progressive Fraternity's Loss Part 1 Planetary Overload, due early 2019: see on main page.

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

Davison has guested several times with The Samurai of Prog. The 4CD Omnibus—The Early Years, released Dec 2018, compiles the band's first three albums—Undercover (2011), Secrets of Disguise (2CD; 2013), The Imperial Hotel (2014)with a new cover by Ed Unitsky (worked with Light Freedom Revival). The albums have been re-mixed with 9 bonus tracks added (Davison does not appear on any of these). Davison originally appeared on the first two albums: he sang on "Starship Trooper" and "Dogs" on Undercover and he did vocals, acoustic guitar and the arrangement (including a new intro and coda) for "Time and a Word" on Secrets of Disguise.

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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