Yes’ Steve Howe Plans to Release ‘Nexus’ Album, Recorded with Late Son Virgil, on 11/17

Yes’ Steve Howe Plans to Release ‘Nexus’ Album, Recorded with Late Son Virgil, on 11/17

In early September, Virgil Howe, the 41-year-old son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe, passed away unexpectedly. Yes promptly canceled the remainder of their Yestival tour dates alongside Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

However, before Virgil’s passing, he and his father had wrapped plans on a collaborative album titled Nexus — and on Monday the elder Howe confirmed that it will still be released on November 17 as a tribute to his youngest son.

Said Steve Howe:

Virgil and I had only recently completed recording ‘Nexus’, which contains eleven of his tunes to which I added a guitar to suit each one. We delivered it to InsideOutMusic in August for release on 17th November. We started to work together in 2016 by selecting about nine tunes from his ‘stockpile’ of piano based music that he’d periodically sent Jan & I each time he’d written and recorded a new idea. I began adding guitars to them, then I’d play them to Virgil. He’d then surprise me by bringing up other channels of instrumentation which I’d never heard. The tunes went from straightforward ‘duets’ to something bigger & better, more of a complete picture than a mere shape. “Free Fall” & “Nick’s Star” were added from earlier sessions, the latter being his tribute to the passing of his best friend Nick Hirsch.

‘Nexus’ explores a completely different side of Virgil’s ability, as a writer & keyboard player – ‘in his own right’. His talents were multi-diverse, so sitting at a keyboard & computer or in the middle of his drum kit, at all his regular DJ-ing gigs or on the radio, he always gave his best. We hope that the music just completed will stand as a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.”  – Steve Howe

Nexus ought to be a pretty great listen, judging by this description:

On “Nexus”, Steve handled acoustic, electric & steel guitars whereas Virgil took care of bass, drums and all keys. The results are beautiful, diverse compositions varying between neoclassical elements, dreamy jazz, straight forward grooves, and cinematic, spacey themes. “Nexus” is an instrumental album that impresses with its feeling and moods and unites two musician’s individual biographies and styles as a fascinating whole.

And the track listing:

1. Nexus (04:57)
2. Hidden Planet (03:27)
3. Leaving Aurura (03:40)
4. Nick’s Star (03:41)
5. Night Hawk (03:35)
6. Moon Rising (03:31)
7. Passing Titan (04:06)
8. Dawn Mission (05:07)
9. Astral Plane (03:37)
10. Infinite Space (02:08)
11. Freefall (02:09)

May Virgil Howe rest in peace.

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