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– You have to feel to improvise

July 17, 2015

– Classical music is meat and drink to me!

In this highly recommended uncut interview footage, Jon discusses some key elements in his musical life – the influence of and connections between classical music and rock music; discovering improvisation; and his first experiences with rock’n’roll.

Jon mentions Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis as some of his heroes of improvisation that he studied. But at heart, Jon believes improvisation is not something you learn.

Later in his career Jon would perform Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance at his own concerts.

The footage comes from Canadian film maker Sam Dunn‘s archives of interviews prepared for his documentaries on the history of heavy rock music, and has been pulled out to coincide with the third anniversary of Jon’s passing yesterday.

Thank you very much to Mr. Dunn for opening his archives like this.

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2 comments

  1. Thank God for JonLord’s analytic sense and wit answering such a naive question: ” What is Bach’s contribution to the music he created.”


  2. Just a thought, but before we know it the 50th anniversary of the Concerto will be upon us. Are there any plans for a special anniversary concert? Maybe include the Sarabande suite and Durham Concerto and excerpts from Pictured Within at the same time.

    Jon’s music is too good to allow it to simply fade away.



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