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DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

August 20, 2014

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Last night, conductor Paul Mann sat down to watch a pre-release copy of the full film from Celebrating Jon Lord last April at Royal Albert Hall. That’s Paul’s disc in the photo.

‘While I was supposed to be signing things yesterday, I took four hours off to watch advance copies of the two concert films and the documentary. The director, Tim Sidwell, and his production company Toward Infinity has done a truly magnificent job, full of the kind of imagination and flair and sensitivity that Jon would have absolutely loved.

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Review: You never heard it quite like this

November 1, 2012

C4G&O_front“A valedictory for a man and his stubborn creative vision. Lord lived like he plays the B3 here, with a ferocious creativity. That same dogged sense of determination pushed him to continue working on this piece until he got it just right. This prog rock-meets-classical piece ends up sounding brand new, even for long-time Purple fans.”

Thus writes Something Else Reviews in their potent overview of Concerto for Group and Orchestra.

There is “a breath-taking clarity in the interactions of the orchestra, Lord and his chosen soloists”, and on the second movement “vocalists Balsamo and Kasia Laska add to the dark portent that initially surrounds this second movement, before Dickinson manages to match — and maybe even exceed — Bonamassa’s fiery intensity.”

“The concerto’s final third — Lord’s torrential “Vivace – Presto,” elicits a jaw-dropping sense of wonder.”

Read the full review – and order the CD now.


A joy to behold – reviews and chart action for the Concerto

October 10, 2012

Jon’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra has been out for a couple of weeks now. You can order it from

This promotional video shows a collage of Jon Lord visuals from throughout his career while you listen to an excerpt of the Second Movement featuring Jon’s solo, Joe Bonamassa’s and Bruce Dickinson’s vocals.

The Concerto has entered the classic album charts in several countries. In Belgium it entered at #15 and has since climbed to #3.

Other chart positions:
Germany: 37
Austria: 44

Reviews have started to appear and here is a selection of excerpts:

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Review: Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2012)

September 7, 2012

Exclusive review by Vincent Budd for Previously, Vincent wrote ’The Gemini Man: an Introduction to the Orchestral Works of Jon Lord’ published in 2003.

This studio account of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra is Jon’s final statement of his prized composition.  It is a glittering new take on his glorious opus and, for those of us who have taken the work to our hearts, we have here another superlative version to cherish. It is a deeply moving experience made even more affecting by the composer’s passing.

Guy Pratt (bass), Jon Lord, Paul Mann during the Liverpool recording sessions. Photo: Mick Gregory

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First of the Big Bands, now even bigger

December 5, 2010

Purple Records have released the remastered edition of Tony Ashton and Jon Lord‘s First of the Big Bands album.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recommends the album and calls it ‘thoroughly enjoyable.’ Hitting the nail on the head, they say that you are ‘drawn into it’s warm, rootsy embrace.’

The remastered CD contains two bonus tracks – the single b-side Sloeback and an alternative version of Downside Upside Down – along with extensive liner notes by Simon Robinson.

The project was Ashton’s and Lord’s brainchild and continuation of their working relationship after Ashton Gardner & Dyke helped out on Jon Lord’s soundtrack album The Last Rebel.

Stylistically, First of the Big Bands was the precursor to Paice Ashton Lord‘s Malice in Wonderland. Lots of brass, piano and female backing vocalist. Lots of excellent musicianship.

First of the Big Bands resulted in just two live performances, one of which was for the BBC. This was later issued on a now unavailable live album, First of the Big Bands Live in Concert 1974.

Read the full review.

Buy the album.

If you don’t know the album, check out Downside Upside Down (from the original unremastered edition):


BBC and The Australian like To Notice Such Things

July 20, 2010

Jon Lord’s new album, To Notice Such Things, continues to attract favourable reviews around the world.

See below for full reviews from Australia’s national paper, The Australian, and BBC’s Music Mag.

See also our focus page on To Notice Such Things.

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Review: Lord does know what he’s doing

April 25, 2010

‘The list of pop musicians who have successfully crossed over into the classical firmament is not a long one … thankfully, Lord does know what he’s doing,’ writes in their review of To Notice Such Things.

‘It’s idiomatically orchestrated and well-structured … [and] … the last two sections, depicting the final stages in Mortimer’s long life, are especially affecting.’

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‘To enhance and soothe thy senses…’

April 23, 2010

Jon Lord and David Coverdale in Whitesnake, 1983

Principal white snake and ex-Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale likes and recommends Jon Lord’s new album, To Notice Such Things.

On his website, David Coverdale writes:

‘Boys & Girls, Lads & Lassies, Bonnie & Fair… just a quickie… I have just purchased & am currently playing the new recorded works of the very charming gentleman of letters Jon Lord entitled: ‘Jon Lord: To Notice Such Things, Evening Song, et al.’’

‘For those of you who enjoy delicate, sensitive accompanying music to enhance your mornings, afternoons & evenings… perhaps this will be a rewarding accompaniment to enhance & soothe thy senses… Nice one, Jon, my lad… Most enjoyable… Mmm… yes… I will have another glass of the claret, thank you… Lovely…’

Go to Find David Coverdale’s personal posts in the BBS section (top left). The above quote is post #153926.