Interview: Concerto talk with Paul Mann

The Highway Star Deep Purple website has published a highly recommended in-depth interview with Jon's Concerto for Group and Orchestra conductor Paul Mann. The interview goes through many aspects of the new Concerto; from the choice of musicians, Jon's illness, possible future recordings of Jon's music to the pros of finally recording the Concerto in … Continue reading Interview: Concerto talk with Paul Mann

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Jon interviewed for Machine Head 40th

Classic Rock Magazine has produced a special anniversary issue commemorating the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple's Machine Head. The magazine carries one of Jon's final interviews - from June 2012 - focusing on the story behind the album: - My role during [the recording of Machine Head] was to provide the musical ballast, some structure … Continue reading Jon interviewed for Machine Head 40th

Video: Paul Mann’s Concerto interview

Exclusively for JonLord.org, here is conductor Paul Mann's tale of Concerto for Group and Orchestra. In this 45-minute in-depth interview, Paul Mann takes us through the process of recording the Concerto in Liverpool and at Abbey Road Studios in 2011 and 2012. He recounts the emotional day when Jon recorded his organ solo for the … Continue reading Video: Paul Mann’s Concerto interview

– I want it to sound absolutely spot on!

In this previously unheard March 2011 interview, Jon Lord speaks enthusiastically of his plans for the new studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra, that is coming out at the end of this month. He explains his thoughts behind using different players across the movements, and how years of honing the score coupled with … Continue reading – I want it to sound absolutely spot on!

“Be positive. It costs nothing. It means everything.”

Shortly before he passed away, Jon gave a couple of interviews that are now beginning to appear. One is a major feature in the new issue of Classic Rock Magazine and the other is a BBC Radio 4 documentary on rock musicians delving into the world of classical. Listen below for a short preview. Rock … Continue reading “Be positive. It costs nothing. It means everything.”

Jon Lord plans studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra

Jon Lord is working on the definitive studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra, originally composed and first performed in 1969. The Concerto was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 (album release shown here) and again in 1999, but has never been recorded in a studio environment. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic … Continue reading Jon Lord plans studio recording of Concerto for Group and Orchestra

– It is blood and sweat and tears!

Interspersed with clips from the concert in Krasnodar, Russia, in this thorough interview  Jon Lord speaks about his strong feelings for Russian classical music, Deep Purple's reputation in Russia in the 70s, his recent talk with Ritchie Blackmore and much more… In the clips, Jon's answers are shown in English. The Russian questions have been … Continue reading – It is blood and sweat and tears!

Jon Lord talks Hammond shop with Malc Deakin

Making synthesizers look daft… In this fascinating half hour video, Jon Lord discusses Hammond organs with session player and composer Malc Deakin. They recount Jon Lord's invention of the glorious Hammond beast and how he came to meet one in Outer Mongolia. Filmed at Jon Lord's home studio, they also discuss Lord's next musical plans, … Continue reading Jon Lord talks Hammond shop with Malc Deakin