Come into the studio with Jon Lord

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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.

JonLord.org’s video archive

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.

– You have to feel to improvise

– Classical music is meat and drink to me!

In this highly recommended uncut interview footage, Jon discusses some key elements in his musical life – the influence of and connections between classical music and rock music; discovering improvisation; and his first experiences with rock’n’roll.

Jon mentions Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis as some of his heroes of improvisation that he studied. But at heart, Jon believes improvisation is not something you learn.

Later in his career Jon would perform Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance at his own concerts.

The footage comes from Canadian film maker Sam Dunn‘s archives of interviews prepared for his documentaries on the history of heavy rock music, and has been pulled out to coincide with the third anniversary of Jon’s passing yesterday.

Thank you very much to Mr. Dunn for opening his archives like this.

Instant Karma: Remembering Jon Lord

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Today is the third anniversary of Jon’s sad passing. Rather than mourn, he would have wanted us to celebrate with music.

This clip has never been shown before. A relaxed Jon Lord onstage in his local community near Henley on Thames in June 2009, celebrating Armed Forces Day with a band that included a few of his mates.

It had been a sunny day until sometime during the band’s performance, and the clip opens with Jon quiping about the weather forcing the band to curtail their performance – ‘health and safety all that, innit?’ – before he introduces John Lennon‘s Instant Karma and featuring a short but sweet solo on the Hammond.

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DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

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Last night, conductor Paul Mann sat down to watch a pre-release copy of the full film from Celebrating Jon Lord last April at Royal Albert Hall. That’s Paul’s disc in the photo.

‘While I was supposed to be signing things yesterday, I took four hours off to watch advance copies of the two concert films and the documentary. The director, Tim Sidwell, and his production company Toward Infinity has done a truly magnificent job, full of the kind of imagination and flair and sensitivity that Jon would have absolutely loved.

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Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes + More Celebrate Jon Lord at Tribute Show

The death of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012 was a big loss for those in the rock community, and to show how much respect he garnered, Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson, Yes‘ Rick Wakeman, Whitesnake‘s Mick Moody and Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice and Don Airey all took part in a special tribute to the musician.

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Greek tribute concert to Jon

Under the title Before I Forget To Notice Such Things, the Jon Lord Tribute Band and the Hellenic Musica Viva string ensemble performed a live tribute to Jon Lord in Piraeus, Greece on November 10.

Watch below samples of the evenings delightful performances of Jon’s music – including a rousing rendition of Bach Onto This arranged for rock band and string ensemble.

Soldier of Fortune + Bourree + Sarabande:

Organ solo + Bach Onto This part 1:

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Free unreleased Jon Lord concert online

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The Trondheim Experiment is the title of a free web presentation of an unreleased Jon Lord concert from 2010 now available exclusively through JonLord.org.

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In front of a sold out cathedral, Jon’s then all-new album To Notice Such Things is performed in its entirety (missing only Air on the Blue String) with soloists Sveinung Lillebjerka on violin and Trine Knutsen on flute. Conductor Torodd Wigum was able to hand pick the musicians for the Lord Chamber Orchestra, and they perform and interpret Jon Lord’s music with skill and finesse.

Child in Time is performed for the first time with a children’s choir, a highlight for many in the audience, with Jon’s lengthy Hammond organ solo and breathtaking vocals by Steve Balsamo.

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