Come into the studio with Jon Lord

Out of my mind session 17

This feels a lot like Christmas. Nostalgic, warm, friendly and a touch emotional. A newly released 27-minute film takes us into one of Jon Lord‘s later recording sessions.

On Wednesday October 6 2010, Jon went into SARM Studios in London together with Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi and Nicko McBrain. Here he put down Hammond organ for Out Of My Mind, a charity single for the Who Cares project in Armenia. The single was released in 2011.

A plethora of footage from the recording session shows the four main players spending time together in the studio. Jon greets Gillan with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. The four are seen reminiscing, discussing the song and generally hanging out with spirits high and plenty of smiles.

Perhaps most importantly, the film spends considerable time showing Jon setting up the rental Hammond and getting a good sound from it.

– I want it to snarl a bit more, Lord says while tweaking the settings on the Leslie speaker before doing a take of the song’s backing track.

We mentioned the session before, but below is your unique opportunity to go behind the studio door and feel it for yourself.

Stills from the film:

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Watch the full film here:

The session came about when Gillan and Iommi visited Armenia and decided they wanted to raise funds to build a new music school for the kids of Armenia that were still suffering from the earthquake that struck in December 1988.

You can purchase “Out of My Mind” by Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Jon Lord and Nicko McBrain on iTunes. All proceeds go to the Armenian music school.

Review: Jon Lord Blues Project, vinyl edition

Vinyl edition with bonus track

At first there’s a low rumble. Accelerating quickly it becomes that sadly missed signature run up the Hammond keys. The flourishing flow of notes escalates and builds into a crescendo and the band joins in. Back at the Chicken Shack is the opening track and we’re obviously in warm and friendly bluesrock territory here.

Bubbly, tight and unpretentious. Jon Lord and his Hammond performing a selection of blues covers with a few friends. This was the winning concept of Jon Lord Blues Project as it unfolded in late 2010 and early 2011.

Intended as a vehicle for Jon to get out and flex his Hammond muscles under less formal circumstances than his ever growing list of ambitious and captivating orchestral concerts around the world, the name of the band grew out of the simple fact that tickets needed to be sold and Jon’s name remained the most popular among the A list of band members involved.

Extremely capable friends
Jon Lord Blues Project was that seldom beast where a few old and extremely capable friends decide to get together with no other objectives than to play.

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Before I Forget, expanded CD reissue

Cherry Red Records have released the definitive CD reissue of Jon Lord‘s excellently eloquent 1982 solo album Before I Forget.

The album warrants reappraisal not just for featuring a slew of very familiar friends of Jon’s, but also for being a very versatile album – including its five bonus tracks – which sees Jon exhibit all his keyboard skills from rocking the Hammond over rhythm’n’blues piano and brilliant classically themed Moog work that really is a beauty to behold.

Photo from CD booklet

The A-list of performers includes: Deep Purple‘s Ian Paice, Whitesnake‘s Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, Cozy Powell of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, etc., Bad Company‘s Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell, and session drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips with delicious and distinct vocals supplied by the mother-daughter duo of Vicky and Sam Brown plus Tony Ashton and Elmer Gantry.

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Jon Lord Blues Project now on vinyl

The Jon Lord Blues Project live album has been released on double vinyl.

The album was recorded live in Rottweil, Germany on May 14, 2011 with the following lineup:

Jon Lord – Hammond organ
Miller Anderson – vocals, guitar
Maggie Bell – vocals
Zoot Money – keyboard, vocals
Colin Hodgkinson – bass, vocals
Pete York – drums

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Over the years, we’ve been able to share a lot of different footage of Jon Lord and his music. This playlist is our selection. Sit back and enjoy both informal and official footage of Jon in rehearsal and onstage all over the world.

Surfing Youtube and other video platforms, what are your favorites videos featuring Jon and his music? Please share in the comments below.

Gemini Suite reissued in December


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


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.

Major contemporary composers
– 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. Continue reading “New Jon Lord work celebrates life and love”

Jon Lord’s blues project

Jon Lord Blues Project, the Live CD
Jon Lord Blues Project, the exclusive live CD – still available

Classic tunes, lots of jamming and good times amongst old friends. Jon Lord Blues Project was one of Jon’s final touring commitments, visiting the sweaty blues clubs of Germany.

Consisting of colleagues from Jon’s musical past, who had previously toured as the Olympic Rock and Blues Circus in the 1980s, each one of them had also played with Jon in other projects:

Miller Anderson (vocals and guitar) is the inimitable voice on Pictured Within and November Calls.
Pete York (drums) played on several of Jon’s 1970s solo projects including his masterpiece Sarabande.
Maggie Bell (vocals) also sang on Eddie Hardin’s Wind in the Willows with Jon.
Colin Hodgkinson (bass) played with Jon in Whitesnake as well as on the Pictured Within album.
Zoot Money (keyboards) was also part of Endangered Species with Jon and Tony Ashton in the 1980s.

Fortunately, the tapes were rolling for one of these shows. Simply titled after the project, the CD came out not long after and is a testament to the qualities of the seasoned touring blues musician.

JLBP Live Front Cover 96pxJon Lord Blues Project, the exclusive live album, is available from Amazon.

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