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What did they do next part 22a – Igor Khoroshev – 483

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall and Preston Frazier


This week, Mark and I return to the surprisingly long series on what did Yes members do when they left the band. It’s Igor Khoroshev’s turn this time and, as you’ll hear it’s more than usually difficult to decide what he went onto next but we do have a go at it.

  • When did Igor leave Yes?
  • What did he do next?
  • What has he done since?

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One reply on “What did they do next part 22a – Igor Khoroshev – 483”

I agree with you both that Igor was an amazing keyboard player – and had he behaved himself I believe he could have been a great contributor to the Yes story for a few more years. Similarly for Tom Brislin who was fantastic on the Symphonic tour, even if he was only a hired hand. After those two, i was slightly disappointed that Yes went back to Rick – much as I love the guy, it felt like a backwards step, a safe but uninspiring move. Then a few years later, Oliver seemed like another great younger keyboard guy who could move the band forwards, and then, to me, the band again took another backwards step by replacing Oliver and re-hiring another ‘safe’ ex-member (no disrespect intended to Geoff).

I still really enjoyed the tours with Rick in 03 & 04, seeing the ‘classic’ lineup. And Fly From Here with Geoff on keyboards was a decent album, and I like his willingness to play, and his respect for, all eras of Yes music. But I still wonder how the Yes story would have been different had Igor stayed in the band for a few years, or if Tom had been given a permanent job, or if Oliver had been kept on for a few more years. It’s interesting how Yes manage to find exciting younger keyboard players, but ultimately always prefer to bring back their established guys again.

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