Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category


Lord & Wakeman world premiere at Sunflower Jam

July 9, 2011

The Sunflower Jam 2011 will be remembered for one of Jon Lord’s most rewarding appearances of 2011 – musically daring and performed with sharp excellence.

On an evening already rife with musical talent, Jon Lord shared the stage with Rick Wakeman for the pair’s brand new composition It’s Not As Big As It Was (allegedly about the music biz although it was preceeded by jokes about old age and prostate problems). This was without a doubt The Sunflower Jam’s musical crown jewel benefitting the good cause of helping children suffering from cancer. Donations are still welcome.

This is Rasmus Heide’s report:

Jon Lord appears onstage after almost an hour of excellent music from the likes of Danny Bowes (Thunder), Gary Brooker, Joe Bonamassa and Newton Faulkner. These gentlemen (and woman) have entertained the crowd with blues and rock classics that fare very well, particularly Gary Brooker’s rendition of A Whiter Shade of Pale and Joe Bonamassa’s Thrill is Gone. However, Jon will proceed to seize the show and push up the excitement level several  notches.

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Review: „Burn Salem, Burn!“

June 28, 2011

Jon Lord at Schloss Salem, Salem, near Bodensee, Germany – June 19 211.

“It was great to watch Jon during the first part of the Concerto – sitting quietly behind his Hammond, he listened to the orchestra very closely, and every now and then he nodded in approval. But when the time for the band came, he almost exploded in a burst of music. Giving cues to the young musicians of the ‘band’, playing like a man possessed during his solo, he was clearly the centre of everything ‘up there’.”

Monika Schwarz caught Jon Lord in Salem last week. This is her report. Read the rest of this entry ?


Rottweil review: ‘Finally, a real Lord’

May 26, 2011

Neue Rottweiler Zeitung has reviewed Jon Lord Blues Project’s concert there on May 14.

Read the full article (German language)
Read the English translation

Photo: Elke Reichenbach, NRWZ


Review: Success in Rottweil!

May 15, 2011

Jon Lord Blues Project: Rottweil, Alte Stadthalle, International Jazz Festival, Germany – May 14 2011

Review by Bo Olsson

It must be hard to be Jon Lord, because everything that you do is expected to be better than what anyone else does. And everything should be wonderful, magical and world-class. But you know what? When it comes to Mr Lord it always is. The Maestro has done it again…

Rottweil on May 14 was an evening of pure genius that gave us more than we could have asked for. The music was a great mix and the musicians, well what can I say? The Maestro as always a delight to see. Delivering amazing solos and music from that Hammond and he was also fast to spread the credit to the rest of the band.

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Review: A French Night

May 13, 2011

Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at La Filature, Mulhouse, France (with video clips).

Review by Monika Schwarz

The 1.200 capacity ‘Grande Salle’ at La Filature was sold out, so the show started for a packed house. As always, it was first the orchestra – this time it was L’Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse – that entered the stage, to be followed by ‘the band’. On the drums Steve White, on bass Patrice Guers, and Patrick Rondat on guitar. Both (orchestra and band, that is) were greeted with a friendly applause which rose considerably in volume and enthusiasm as soon as Jon Lord joined the protagonists on stage.

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From bluesy Roth to orchestral Russia

April 13, 2011

The musical and geographical journey is typical for Jon Lord’s career; last week he premiered the first 2011 show by Jon Lord Blues Project at a sweaty blues gig Roth, Germany – and last night he took the stage in Krasnodar, southern Russia with the Kuban Symphonic Orchestra performing his Sarabande suite with new solo violinist Anna Phoebe.

She tweeted about the show:

“Beautiful music, beautiful singing! More please! 🙂 Really REALLY enjoyed the first show with Jon Lord! Some incredibly beautiful moments! And of course Jon rocked the Hammond. Top moments: Pavane, Lazy & Child In Time… and the voices of Steve Balsamo & Kasia Laska!”

Joined also by Hungarian band Cry Free, singers Steve Balsamo and Kasia Laska, the show included several Deep Purple classics and pieces from Jon’s solo career.

Everything was covered by a local photographer. See his photos.

Thanks to Chayanka.


Roth: Not Lazy at all…

April 13, 2011

Last Thursday (April 7) saw the first 2011 show by Jon Lord Blues Project. Ralph Pondman was in Roth, Germany and sends this report:

“Eight o’clock, lights go out, crowd starts to cheer, band comes on stage. I know that we are going to be treated to some blues – and for me this is the first time I’m going to see the Jon Lord Blues Project live. I have seen and heard some snippets from Lahnstein 2010 and was impressed with what I heard. After tonight I know that this setup works great and is treat to see live.

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Video: Jon Lord Blues Project onstage in Germany

April 13, 2011

Interview and concert footage of Jon Lord Blues Project filmed in Roth Germany on April 7 2011:

A couple of fan filmed clips from the same show:

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