Jon Lord’s most famous songs collected

May 16, 2018

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

December 18, 2017

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

December 4, 2017

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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6th Jon Lord memorial concert in Warsaw

October 18, 2017

October 26 sees the 6th annual Jon Lord memorial concert in Warsaw.

This year, guests include Doogie White, one of the singers Jon used for his solo concerts and previously also known from Rainbow and Michael Schenker Group.

Watch Doogie sing Perfect Strangers with Jon in 2010:

Full info and tickets:


Before I Forget, expanded CD reissue

October 10, 2017

Cherry Red Records have released the definitive CD reissue of Jon Lord‘s excellently eloquent 1982 solo album Before I Forget.

The album warrants reappraisal not just for featuring a slew of very familiar friends of Jon’s, but also for being a very versatile album – including its five bonus tracks – which sees Jon exhibit all his keyboard skills from rocking the Hammond over rhythm’n’blues piano and brilliant classically themed Moog work that really is a beauty to behold.

Photo from CD booklet

The A-list of performers includes: Deep Purple‘s Ian Paice, Whitesnake‘s Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, Cozy Powell of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, etc., Bad Company‘s Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell, and session drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips with delicious and distinct vocals supplied by the mother-daughter duo of Vicky and Sam Brown plus Tony Ashton and Elmer Gantry.

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Jon Lord Blues Project now on vinyl

October 10, 2017

The Jon Lord Blues Project live album has been released on double vinyl.

The album was recorded live in Rottweil, Germany on May 14, 2011 with the following lineup:

Jon Lord – Hammond organ
Miller Anderson – vocals, guitar
Maggie Bell – vocals
Zoot Money – keyboard, vocals
Colin Hodgkinson – bass, vocals
Pete York – drums

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15 years gone: Jon Lord’s final Purple show

September 19, 2017

Tonight sees the 15th anniversary of Jon Lord‘s final touring show with Deep Purple. At Ipswich‘s Regent Theatre on September 19, 2002, Deep Purple bid a classy farewell to their maestro, as he made good on his promise to himself to spend more time on his own music.

Jon would later guest with Purple on individual songs, but this was his final scheduled appearance.

In February 2002, Deep Purple’s winter UK tour came to a stop halfway through as more or less the entire band and crew caught a seemingly unbeatably bad case of the flu. This would have been Jon’s final tour, and as the remaining venues were postponed for September, it was agreed that Jon would appear at the second half of these concerts with his successor Don Airey handling the first half.

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​Blackmore plays live tribute to Jon Lord 

June 30, 2017

In a poignant and touching move, Ritchie Blackmore played tribute to Jon Lord at Rainbow’s show in Birmingham this week. Watch the performance below.

A set of career encompassing photos of Jon appeared on the large screen behind the band as Ritchie, sat on a stool with an acoustic guitar, performed the song to a pin drop quiet capacity crowd.

Carry On… Jon” is the instrumental piece, Ritchie Blackmore wrote to honour Jon after his passing, and on Wednesday night, Blackmore performed it live for the first time at Birmingham‘s Genting Arena at the final of a run of Rainbow shows that started last Summer in Germany.

“Carry On… Jon” was only done at this show.

Rainbow keyboard player Jens Johanson added an atmospheric and jazzy Hammond solo to the piece, before Blackmore rounded off the song with a beautiful run of flageolets.

Watch “Carry On… Jon” by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on June 29: