Ritchie Blackmore explains to NJ.com the origins of his instrumental tribute to Jon - Carry On... Jon: - We were snowed in, in that blizzard (on Feb. 8). The engineer and myself, the producer, we had nothing to do. I said, 'I have an instrumental that I've vaguely finished. Do you want to try it?' … Continue reading – Maybe Jon caused the blizzard
BBC Radio 4 are repeating Rock'n'Roll in Four Movements, the programme first broadcast last August, which featured Jon's last recorded interview. Taking a closer look at the musicians that have worked to combine the worlds of rock and classical music, in the programme, Jon talks about his passion for writing classical music, inspired by his … Continue reading BBC Radio 4 to rebroadcast Jon’s final interview
Watch Jon discuss the resurrected Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Tommy Vance in 1999 on VH1's Friday Rock Show. Filmed mere days before the Concerto's 30th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, Ian Gillan lovingly explains how Jon's Concerto originally helped raise Deep Purple's profile as the band was breaking through in 1969/1970 - and … Continue reading – I’ve always been impressed by Jon Lord
When Rock Meets Classics is a highly recommended 48-minute radio retrospective in Jon's memory. Opening with a snippet of the piano version of Child in Time, the comprehensive yet succinct overview of Jon's career features all-new interviews with a list of important players in Jon's musical life - incl. an interview with himself conducted in 2010 - and … Continue reading Celebrating the life of Jon
Looking back at Jon and Frida interviewed at the press conference for Zermatt Unplugged 2010. Among other things, Jon is asked about his current projects - which he explains are mostly orchestral, acoustic and more unplugged than his 40 years in rock'n'roll: - I was very plugged for a long time, he jokes. See also: - … Continue reading – I was very plugged for a long time!
Recollecting an interview Jon did with Exclusive Magazine in 2010 for the release of his To Notice Such Things album. It was a commission from Shipley Arts Festival in the South of England. It's a six different pieces, each one based on a moment or time in Jon's friend John Mortimer's life. Lingering impressions In … Continue reading A man who used to notice such things
Pioneering pianist and composer Dave Brubeck has passed away on December 5, aged 91. His recordings include Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, but he was also an important inspiration for Jon's idea to compose Concerto for Group and Orchestra. In this 2008 interview, Jon talks of his early fascination with Brubeck. - Within … Continue reading Dave Brubeck, Concerto inspiration, passes away
'I don’t know of any other rock musicians of Jon’s stature who would be equally at home in handling musicians from leading symphony orchestras [than Jon].' This is conductor Paul Mann interviewed by DPRP.net (Dutch Progressive Rock Page) about the new recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra: 'He vindicated that little vision that he … Continue reading Interview: – Jon just continued living it