Where are they now? - Jon Davison

This page last updated: 16 Oct 2019

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In Continuum
Davison guested 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 had originally written for Sound of Contact, including with Dorsey, Simon Collins (son of Phil Collins) and Kelly Nordstrom, before that band split up.

A debut single, "Be the Light", was released 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)


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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: Annihilation was due late Sep/Oct 2019, but is now expected late Nov or beyond. 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: AlienA, then at least 3 on Part Two: Annihilation), 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. Annihilation is over 70 minutes in length, with material by Kerzner, Dorsey, Collins, Nordstrom, McStine and Perdomo, plus one song, "All That is", by Kerzner and Anderson. Kerzner explained, "In 2005, I sent an instrumental piece with working title "Shell Sea" to Jon Anderson of Yes. He wrote a melody for it and sent me a demo of him singing it without words. Many years later I asked Jon if either he wanted to write the lyrics to it or if he minded if I did since it was part of my elaborate concept album. We decided I would do it and have another singer play the character of the song." The song is performed by Davison (vocals), Kerzner (keys, vocal and drum samples), Celli (cello) and Wolfberg (violin). Also returning for the second album are Agudo, Wolf, Dorsey, McStine, Wesley, Perdomo, D'Virgilio and Minnemann. The album is mixed, mastered and produced by Kerzner.

"All That is" is available before Part Two: Annihilation is released on Kerzner's 2CD, 21 track (plus bonus track through Bandcamp), best-of Breakdown: A Compilation 1995-2019, due 8 Nov 2019. The release also includes "Scavengers" and "Crash Landing" from Part One: AlienA.
 
The band played Cruise to the Edge 2019, with Kerzner (keys, vocals), Agudo (vocals), Dorsey (bass), McStine (guitar) and Minnemann (drums). Their first show had guests including Davison, Hackett and Thijs Van Leer (Focus). Dearth, Wolf, Perdomo, Celli and Joe Deninzon were also expected to guest at some point. The set list for the first show included the album in full; Kerzner also talked about playing material by Sound of Contact. Davison guested on additional vocals for at least "Scavengers", which also had Kerzner (keys, lead vocals) and Perdomo (guitar) on it.

Davison also guested live, singing "Tom Sawyer", with the Dave Kerzner Band at the pre-cruise show. The cruise also included a show by Mike Portnoy & Friends (8 Feb, I think), which included a Transatlantic set by Portnoy, Neal Morse and Roine Stolt, with Ted Leonard, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Davison. They performed "Suite Charlotte Pike/Abbey Road Medley", with Davison singing "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window".
 
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)." Kerzner described on Instagram on 11 Jun 2019 about "an upcoming album I'm making with some of the guys from Yes this year! A cool collaboration with Jon D and friends using @ikmultimedia iRig PRO IO and AXE IO while Yes is on their Royal Affair Summer tour!" The project is also with Billy Sherwood. See on the main page for details.


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With Glass Hammer
Davison was in Glass Hammer 2009-14. 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 (2017) was a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks, spanning the band's history 1993-2017 and celebrating their 25th anniversary. The tracks are arranged approximately in a chronological order, with tracks 10 & 11 from Davison's time:

  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
  2. "Infusion" [Schendel/Cloud], instrumental from the 1990s, previously released on Tracy Cloud's Love Changes (1995)
  3. "Identity Principle" [Schendel]
  4. "Hold Your Head Up", Argent cover, recorded c. 1997
  5. "Babb's Bach" [JS Bach] (3:18), arrangement by Babb of Bach's "Zion hört die Wächter singen"
  6. "And Then She Sighed" [Babb] (1:59), recorded 2009
  7. "Eiger Dreams" [Babb] (2:23), instrumental, mixed 2008
  8. "It's All Too Much" (4:36), The Beatles cover, recorded 2009
  9. "Troll" [Babb] (5:03), written 2008
  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]
  13. "No Man's Land (Live)" [Schendel/Babb], May 2017 live performance

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Details in Yescography. 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), 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."
 
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
Get the Money
(Shanabelle/RCA Records), due 8 Nov, is the third album from Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, the band led by Davison's childhood friend and the Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins (vocals, drums), with Chris Chaney (ex-Alanis Morissette; bass), Brent Woods and John Lousteau (The Birds of Satan). The opening track, "Crossed the Line" (audio), available with digital pre-orders, sees Davison and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, ex-Nirvana) guest. Further guests on the 10-track album are Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses, ex-Jane's Addiction), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Mark King (Level 42), Joe Walsh (Eagles), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), LeAnn Rimes (worked with Trevor Horn), Roger Taylor (Queen) and Pat Smear (Foo Fighters, worked with Nirvana, The Birds of Satan). The album is produced by Produced by Lousteau/Hawkins and mixed by Sylvia Massy (worked with Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers).


Davison guested on two tracks of the 2014 eponymous debut from Hawkins' band The Birds of Satan. 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 Chris Squire and that the three had been considering a project together (see under Squire).

Davison sang Queen's "Under Pressure" with Hawkins at a 21 Aug 2019 Foo Fighters show in Dublin, with Grohl on drums.


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Other projects
Davison sang "Ride My See Saw" with John Lodge at a London show by Lodge's band in Apr 2019, and on the Royal Affair tour. Before that in Mar, he sang "Owner of a Lonely Heart" with Lodge and the house band (Ray Nesbit—guitars, vocals; Darrell Nutt—drums; Antonio Exposito—keys) at the Kalea Bay CMGA Veterans Benefit Private Auction Concert.

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 2 songs (3 tracks) of United Progressive Fraternity's Planetary Overload Part 1: Loss, now out: see on main page.

Davison guested singing "On the Silent Wings of Freedom" on Billy Sherwood's recent 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). 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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