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On March 31, 2019.

On March 31, 2019, “Blue Élan Records” label released “1000 Hands: Chapter One”, the fifteenth Jon Anderson studio album. It was recorded March 2019 – July 2020, at “Solar Studios” in Orlando, Florida, and was produced by Michael Franklin.

Personnel:

  • Jon Anderson – vocals, various instruments
  • Steve Howe – guitar
  • Larry Coryell – guitar
  • Rick Derringer – guitar
  • Chris Squire – bass guitar
  • Tim Franklin – bass guitar, ukulele, backing vocals
  • Stuart Hamm – bass guitar
  • Brian Chatton – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Chick Corea – keyboards
  • Jonathan Cain – keyboards
  • Michael Franklin – keyboards, ukulele, backing vocals
  • Alan White – drums
  • Billy Cobham – drums
  • Matt Brown – drums, backing vocals
  • Jerry Goodman – violin
  • Jean-Luc Ponty – violin
  • Robby Steinhardt – violin
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin
  • Olga Kopakova – violin
  • Dariusz Grabowski – accordion
  • Ian Anderson – flute
  • Brian Snapp – saxophone, flute
  • Charlie DeChant – saxophone, flute
  • Tower of Power – horn section
  • Zap Mama – backing vocals
  • Bobby Kimball – backing vocals
  • Solar Choir – choir
  • Voices of Lindahl – choir
  • Crossover
  • Vioelectric
  • Orlando Symphony Orchestra – strings and horns
  • Matt Brown – mixing
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering

Track listing:

All tracks by Jon Anderson and Brian Chatton, except where noted.

  1. Now
  2. Ramalama – Jon Anderson, Michael Franklin
  3. First Born Leaders
  4. Activate
  5. Makes Me Happy – Jon Anderson
  6. Now Variations
  7. I Found Myself – Jon Anderson
  8. Twice in a Lifetime
  9. Where Does Music Come From (WDMCF) – Jon Anderson, Michael Franklin
  10. 1000 Hands (Come Up)
  11. Now and Again

On April 30, 2020.

On April 30, 2020, Tony Oladipo Allen died aged 80. He was composer, songwriter and musician (drums), regarded as one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music. He has recorded and performed with Fela Kuti, Roy Ayers, Ernest Raanglin, Zap Mama,  Sébastien Tellier, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jimi Tenor, Rocket Juice & The Moon, Gonjasufi and Hugh Masakela. Brian Eno described Allen as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived”.