Come into the studio with Jon Lord

Out of my mind session 17

This feels a lot like Christmas. Nostalgic, warm, friendly and a touch emotional. A newly released 27-minute film takes us into one of Jon Lord‘s later recording sessions.

On Wednesday October 6 2010, Jon went into SARM Studios in London together with Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi and Nicko McBrain. Here he put down Hammond organ for Out Of My Mind, a charity single for the Who Cares project in Armenia. The single was released in 2011.

A plethora of footage from the recording session shows the four main players spending time together in the studio. Jon greets Gillan with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. The four are seen reminiscing, discussing the song and generally hanging out with spirits high and plenty of smiles.

Perhaps most importantly, the film spends considerable time showing Jon setting up the rental Hammond and getting a good sound from it.

– I want it to snarl a bit more, Lord says while tweaking the settings on the Leslie speaker before doing a take of the song’s backing track.

We mentioned the session before, but below is your unique opportunity to go behind the studio door and feel it for yourself.

Stills from the film:

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Watch the full film here:

The session came about when Gillan and Iommi visited Armenia and decided they wanted to raise funds to build a new music school for the kids of Armenia that were still suffering from the earthquake that struck in December 1988.

You can purchase “Out of My Mind” by Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Jon Lord and Nicko McBrain on iTunes. All proceeds go to the Armenian music school.

Deep Purple books for 50th anniversary

Celebrating Deep Purple‘s 50th anniversary, three huge books – including Jon Lord’s photo biography All Those Years Ago – have been packaged together in a boxed collection of just 50 copies.

The books have been personally signed by Jon Lord, Ian Paice and the entire, current Whitesnake lineup.

DEEP PURPLE – CALIFORNIA JAM – a detailed account of Deep Purple’s largest concert

JON LORD – ALL THOSE YEARS AGO – Jon’s life in photos and words

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Jon Lord the rock legend celebrated

When friends and colleagues of Jon Lord got together to celebrate his life in music at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2014, the evening turned into a magnificent display of love, affection and glorious music.

For this second installment of our look at the brand new vinyl editions of the show we focus on the first half of the evening’s second set. Deep Purple closed the evening (and not with Smoke on the Water for an appreciated change), but before them the stage had been graced by people like Glenn Hughes, a revised Paice Ashton Lord, Bruce Dickinson, Paul Weller and many more.

With a somewhat chronological running order, the rocking second half of the show started with two tracks from Jon’s 1960s group The Artwoods – sung by none other than Paul Weller; Things Get Better and I Take What I Want. Lord and Weller had performed together previously at the annual charity events Sunflower Jam, and Weller put The Artwoods’ rhythm & blues to brilliant use as a gentle intro to the more intense rocking that would come later.

Phil Campbell from The Temperament Movement fronted a revisit to the sorely missed Paice Ashton Lord. Silas & Jerome and I’m Gonna Stop Drinking were as funky and vibrant as when they were new, and Campbell owned the stage with his wonderful pastiche of Tony Ashton – all swagger and the morning after-voice. Continue reading “Jon Lord the rock legend celebrated”

Celebrating Jon Lord now on vinyl

Celebrating Jon Lord, the majestic evening of Jon Lord’s music held at Royal Albert Hall in April 2014, is now seeing a full release on vinyl.

The good folks at earMUSIC have wrapped the full show into three gatefold vinyl releases, smack full of photos, notes and an overall feel of classy musical joy.

To be able to present everything from the very sad yet also glorious and musically very satisfying and uplifting evening, the music has been spread over three individual releases.

The first, The Composer (2LP) aptly deals with the evening’s first half, which was dedicated to Jon’s impressive orchestral work. The second half has been split into two volumes: The Rock Legend vol 1. (1LP) and Deep Purple’s set (vol. 2) (2LP).

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Jon Lord’s most famous songs collected

The new collection of Jon Lord compositions

The Jon Lord Collection is a new volume of vocal scores and piano arrangements of some of Jon Lord‘s most famous songs and instrumental pieces. Jon Lord’s genre-defying music is presented here for the first time in a form which makes it readily accessible to musicians and music-lovers alike.

Included are some of Jon’s most celebrated solo songs, most importantly his autobiographical Pictured Within, composed to lyrics by Jon, and made famous by the incomparable performances of Miller Anderson.

The collection also includes works written in collaboration with Sam Brown (Wait a While, One from the Meadow, The Sun Will Shine Again), together with a more recent collaboration with Steve Balsamo (All Those Years Ago).

Jon’s genius for improvisation meant that his own performances were constantly evolving, and with most of the compositions included here, Jon never got around to actually notating definitive versions of the scores. His long-time friend and musical collaborator Paul Mann has painstakingly combined all of Jon’s extant manuscript material with new transcriptions from the original recordings to arrive at the first-ever authoritative published versions of eleven essential pieces.

Completing the collection are instrumental pieces from the 2004 album Beyond the Notes, including Jon’s meditation on his departure from Deep Purple, De Profundis, the Brubeck-inspired Cologne Again, the gentle but subtly complex Miles Away, (which was to form the basis of the slow movement of his piano concerto Boom of the Tingling Strings) and the wildly virtuosic Telemann Experiment which, in typical Jon style, combines elements of rock and blues with the music borrowed from a suite by early 18th century German Baroque composer Georg Philip Telemann.

To buy The Jon Lord Collection go to Hal Leonard.


Review: Jon Lord Blues Project, vinyl edition

Vinyl edition with bonus track

At first there’s a low rumble. Accelerating quickly it becomes that sadly missed signature run up the Hammond keys. The flourishing flow of notes escalates and builds into a crescendo and the band joins in. Back at the Chicken Shack is the opening track and we’re obviously in warm and friendly bluesrock territory here.

Bubbly, tight and unpretentious. Jon Lord and his Hammond performing a selection of blues covers with a few friends. This was the winning concept of Jon Lord Blues Project as it unfolded in late 2010 and early 2011.

Intended as a vehicle for Jon to get out and flex his Hammond muscles under less formal circumstances than his ever growing list of ambitious and captivating orchestral concerts around the world, the name of the band grew out of the simple fact that tickets needed to be sold and Jon’s name remained the most popular among the A list of band members involved.

Extremely capable friends
Jon Lord Blues Project was that seldom beast where a few old and extremely capable friends decide to get together with no other objectives than to play.

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Reduced score: To Notice Such Things

Jon Lord’s music continues to trickle into published scores available to buy. Aimed at performers and/or students of Jon’s music, the scores are being meticulously prepared for publication by conductor Paul Mann a close friend of Jon’s.

A brand new score of Jon’s Durham Concerto is nearing publication by Schott Music, but many other works are already available. One is the new piano reduction of To Notice Such Things, Jon’s 2009 suite composed in memory of his friend John Mortimer.

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