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Monday, 2 November 2015

RED BANK: ANDERSON, PONTY PROG ON

Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty

Yes frontman Jon Anderson, at right, teams with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty for a new project that comes to town on Thursday.

It may be “fall back” time on the daylight-savings clock, but this Thursday promises a breath of “prog spring” in Red Bank as two leading players of the 1970s progressive-rock scene team up at the Count Basie Theatre.

Devotees of the stadium-filling British band Yes will recall Jon Anderson as the angelic-toned frontman of the group’s most classic lineups. He was the voice behind their best-known signatures of the ’70s (“Roundabout,” “All Good People”) and ’80s (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”).

Health problems sidelined Anderson from the Yes tours of recent years (in favor of a singer who had done time in a Yes cover band), and with the band’s future uncertain following the passing of founding bass player/ bandleader Chris Squire, the fit-and-working-again singer has joined forces with French-born fusion master Jean-Luc Ponty, the electrified violinist whose genre crossings have numbered collaborations with Frank Zappa and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra among his celebrated jazz albums.


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