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Gemini Suite reissued in December

November 24, 2016

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Jon Lord’s 1970 work Gemini Suite is scheduled for reissue on CD this December. Remastered from the original stereo mixes at Abbey Road, it marks the start of a new Jon Lord reissue series on earMUSIC.

Gemini Suite was first performed in September 1970 at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the rest of Deep Purple as soloists. The following year it was recorded at the Abbey Road and De Lane Lea studios as Jon Lord’s first solo project.

The six movement classic-rock fusion work was inspired by the members of Deep Purple and was commissioned by the BBC after Jon had created his initial orchestral work Concerto For Group And Orchestra together with Deep Purple in 1969.

The studio recording of Gemini Suite features the London Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Oscar winner Malcolm Arnold with guest musicians Albert Lee(guitar), Yvonne Elliman (vocals) and Tony Ashton (vocals) as well as Ian Paice (drums) and Roger Glover (bass) of Deep Purple.

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New Jon Lord work celebrates life and love

September 20, 2016

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An exclusive new version of Jon Lord‘s Zarabanda Solitaria will feature on a brand new series of CDs titled Music For My Love.

Released by London-based label Toccata Classics, the series will ultimately comprise more than 100 new works for string orchestra composed and recorded in the honour of a young woman whose life ended much too soon. The first CD in the series will be released at the beginning of November.

Originally recorded by The Smith Quartet on the album “Dance” in 2010, the piece has now been arranged for string orchestra by conductor Paul Mann.

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– Jon was a patron of the label and a friend of its owner, Martin Anderson, whose partner Yodit Tekle is being commemorated in this set of recordings. I wanted Jon to take his place among the many other major contemporary composers who are involved in this project, but unfortunately, there isn’t really a suitable piece among the finished works. So it seemed appropriate to create an orchestral version of the Zarabanda Solitaria for this particular project, says Paul Mann. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Extra classic photos from Jon’s career

September 2, 2016

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The photo biography on Jon Lord‘s life and career now comes with a special photo supplement featuring classic photos of Jon by renowned rock photographer Fin Costello. Let’s have a look inside.

JL GH sigThe supplement opens with a touching foreword by Glenn Hughes – and is exclusively hand signed by Glenn. It then moves on to a fascinating series of atmospheric full page photos of Jon from the 1970s.

Jon is seen on- and offstage with Deep Purple and solo – including this rare shot of Tim Bogert (of Beck Bogert & Appice) jamming onstage with Deep Purple at Nassau Coliseum in March 1974.

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The last 100 copies…

June 21, 2016

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All Those Years Ago is the exclusive photo biography on Jon Lord‘s life and career.

Now down to its final 100 copies in stock, the book was created in close cooperation with Jon Lord’s family by Rufus Stone Limited Editions.

At a special price, these last 100 copies come with an special photo supplement featuring a selection of photos by legendary music photographer Fin Costello personally selected by Vicky Lord.

Costello photographed Deep Purple on and off stage on many occasions, and his iconic photos adorn several of the band’s albums including Made in Japan, Burn and Made in Europe.

The photo supplement comes in its own clamshell box individually signed by Glenn Hughes. The photo biography itself is signed by Rick Wakeman. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Jon Lord’s 75th

June 9, 2016

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Today we celebrate what would have been Jon Lord’s 75th birthday.

His music continues to excite, exhilarate and endure.

Please share your thoughts and memories on Jon and his music.

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US premiere for Jon Lord’s To Notice Such Things

March 20, 2016

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The premiere Stateside performance of Jon Lord’s To Notice Such Things will take place on May 29 in Rochester, NY. Read the rest of this entry ?

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In memory of Keith Emerson

March 11, 2016

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Keith Emerson has passed away. Here he is pictured with Jon Lord in Japan, 1993.

Together with Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson and Jon Lord formed a musical triumvirate of inspirational keyboard maestros that shot to prominence in the early 1970s.

Emerson broke new ground with Emerson Lake & Palmer where he would alternate between piano, Hammond organ and his pioneering work on the Moog synthesizer, the early and very large versions of which often dominated his side of the stage with their tangled cables and numerous controls.
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Concerto score now out

March 2, 2016

C4G&O score frontpageJon Lord’s signature work, Concerto for Group and Orchestra from 1969, is finally seeing its first-ever print publication. Meticulously edited by conductor Paul Mann, the score has reached its definitive form, representing the final step on its almost fifty-year journey.

The score for Concerto for Group and Orchestra is available now from De Haske Publishing, joined by a newly revised edition of Jon’s Sarabande suite. Order here.

The Concerto first came to life under humble circumstances during the summer of 1969. Late at night after concerts with Deep Purple, Jon would burn the midnight oil as he composed the work straight into full score on large sheets of manuscript paper spread out on the floor of his West London flat. Eventually, his efforts would book-end his career as a composer.

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