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Sunday, 15 November 2015

For prog-rock veterans, new CD is 'Better Late Than Never'

Violinist Jon-Luc Ponty and vocalist Jon Anderson bring their Anderson-Ponty band to Glenside´s Keswick Theater Tuesday night.

By singer Jon Anderson's own admission, he and jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty "have been around the block more than a few times." But younger generations of musicians have nothing on them when it comes to embracing modern technology to create and support their art.

Both artistically and financially, the duo's new CD, "Better Late Than Never," released under the banner of the Anderson Ponty Band, is a product of the digital universe.

"Through the Internet, I'm able to make music with people everywhere, and I was working with a friend of mine, Michael Lewis, on a couple of songs a few years ago, and early on he said he knew Jon-Luc Ponty, and Jon-Luc was going to play on one of our songs, which was kind of cool," explained the gossamer-voiced Anderson, beloved in this neck of the woods for the decades he spent as the singer/co-composer of progressive-rock giant Yes. He was speaking from Stroudsburg, the Pocono Mountains town where the band rehearsed for its upcoming tour, which kicks off there tonight, and Tuesday hits Glenside's Keswick Theatre.

"So, there was [Ponty] playing on songs, and I thought, the sound of his violin is so cool, and I'm sure there's more to this than meets the eye. So I contacted him and said I was going to send him a couple ideas.

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