Paice Ashton Lord in deluxe reissue

"Here's my glass, please fill it, I'm not gonna spill it." The wistfulness in Tony Ashton's raspy voice is palpable as he recounts for us his intentions. “I’m gonna stop drinking… Some day…” Between verses Jon Lord takes a brief but altogether fulfilling Hammond solo, and it all feels warm and fuzzy like an old … Continue reading Paice Ashton Lord in deluxe reissue

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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 … Continue reading Jon Lord the rock legend celebrated

DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

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, … Continue reading DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

Review: You never heard it quite like this

"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 … Continue reading Review: You never heard it quite like this

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

Jon's Concerto for Group and Orchestra has been out for a couple of weeks now. You can order it from JonLord.org. 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 … Continue reading A joy to behold – reviews and chart action for the Concerto

Review: Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2012)

Exclusive review by Vincent Budd for JonLord.org. 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 … Continue reading Review: Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2012)

First of the Big Bands, now even bigger

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 - … Continue reading First of the Big Bands, now even bigger