A new prog-rock project from William Shatner has already garnered headlines for its collaborations with former members of Yes. Ponder the Mystery also includes final recordings with the late George Duke.
Check out “Where Does Time Go,” presented here in an exclusive SER advance stream, as Shatner collaborates with Duke — a keyboardist who passed in August at 67 after a career that included celebrated solo work, as well as previous sides with Jean-Luc Ponty, Cannonball Adderley, Frank Zappa and Michael Jackson, among many others.
Billy Sherwood — a 1990s-era Yes alum — produced Ponder the Mystery, due October 8, 2013 via Cleopatra, composing new music to go with Shatner’s poetry. The former Star Trek star will be making a trio of Los Angeles-area concert performances with Sherwood’s band Circa, which also features Tony Kaye, Yes’ co-founding organist.
Rick Wakeman, who succeeded Kaye in the keyboard chair, is also featured on the forthcoming album, along with Steve Vai, Edgar Winter, Robbie Krieger of Doors fame, Al Di Miola, and others. Ponder the Mystery follows 2004′s Has Been and 2011′s Seeking Major Tom, in a parallel recording career for Shatner that goes back to 1968′s Transformer Man.