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All that jazz

Deep Purple have appeared on November 14 on French TV show Culturebox. Ian Gillan was interviewed and they did a wonderfully light, airy (pun intended), jazz rendition of Smoke on the Water live:

Thanks to Leray and Andrey Gusenkov for the info. Video courtesy of francetv.fr.

46 Comments to “All that jazz”:

  1. 1
    pete says:

    JLT in the background… ai…

  2. 2
    buttockss says:

    Having fun in their old age, not miserable and grouchy like most old folks, NICE !.

  3. 3
    Masse444 says:

    Great! 🙂

  4. 4
    Roberto says:

    Very interesting rendition but sadly we can’t listen to Gillan’s harmonica…

    It would be great to hear a whole new Deep Purple album with just own Jazz compositions…

  5. 5
    Roberto says:

    this seems like the one made on Montreux dvd than extended…it’s similar to the Pat Boone’s or the Air Jazz Quartet’s one…

  6. 6
    Roberto says:

    Introduction part…:

    Air Jazz Quartet’s version:

    Air jazz Tribute to Deep Purple

  7. 7
    stoffer says:

    pretty damn cool……………….the boys clean up good don’t they?

  8. 8
    Tommy H. says:


  9. 9
    T says:

    Years ago, my brother had a dream that Purple appeared on the old Mike Douglas Show. His description was very similar to what we see here–small amps, simple set-up.

    One of my guilty pleasures is smooth jazz, so this really hit home. Never a big fan of Morse’s interpretation of the “Smoke on the Water” riff, I like this version much better than the way the song is done on stage.

    A very nice arrangement–and great solos from Morse and Airey. This one will get ripped for the collection.


  10. 10
    rik says:

    Loved the grinning faces of the band behind Gillan while he was interviewed.

  11. 11
    Derek says:

    Thanks a lot for this interview. Very nice and glad that Deep Purple still makes it on French TV. And… what a funny version of Smoke on the Water !!!!

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    Mikenite says:

    Amazing! They should do the “Jazz tour”, sounds great!

  13. 13
    Gillanfan says:

    This is so Wrong !!!!!!

  14. 14
    LRT says:


    Merv was about as far as they got, as you probably know and have seen the photo. What some might not know though is they not only played the Dating Game, but Lord was a contestent as well. The footage from these two are suposedly long gone from erased video tape? Still not buying that absolutely no one in the US recorded those airings on some kind of video tape back then, or nothing else from those years would exist in abundance like they do. Like everything else thought to be gone, they could pop up some day. Things of more rarity and signifincance have, so why writing them off as ‘erased’ is not even a tad wise.

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    Steve Feedback says:

    Jazztastic!!! More of it!

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    Skúli says:

    I can’t say I like this version very much but I respect what they are doing and it’s always good to see them have fun.

    Would be interesting to hear them do more songs in this style.

  17. 17
    Drdp says:

    C’mon you………….Mo’……Krazy Kool Katz! C’est Magnifique

  18. 18
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Very funny, very funny. More jazz guys, more jazz! Sound great! A bit more rehearsing and its a new wave of heavy jazz coming high. Really refreshing. Thanks boys.

  19. 19
    Rick Freeman says:

    Anyone notice on the screen, footage of JLT singing? At the 1:58 mark….Still, a great interview. love ‘Smoke on the Water.’

  20. 20
    victor says:

    very cool

  21. 21
    HardRockPete says:

    LMAO 🙂 Very good!!!

  22. 22
    buddyandian says:

    quelle classe , messieurs ! quel talent ! j’ai hate de les revoir a clermont ferrand le 10/12 . c’est la derniere date de leur tournee , ca va etre une belle fete . long life deep purple !!!!!!!!! et surtout merci !

  23. 23
    Ole says:

    This is progressive and great fun!

  24. 24
    Roy says:

    The JLT footage in the background was like facelift digital surgery for Ol’Ian but still, it’s a recognition for this honorable band…

  25. 25
    ark says:

    das mir seher gefalen………heuter erste tag German tourne in Koln…….perfeck siet aus

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe someone can tell me a summary?

    I wish countries like these would swith to SUBTITLES instaed of rude talking over the interviewed guest.

  27. 27
    Louis says:

    As a lover of the jazz/rock genre I love this. What versatility these guys have!

  28. 28
    Scott F. Feighner says:

    LOL…I know others have mentioned it, but i love that the video of DP playing on the screen was being fronted by JLT. WHOOPS!!

    Nice to see the band having some fun with a song they have probaly played one time too many…nicely done.

  29. 29
    Juan Pomer says:

    Fantastic interview and amazing version of SOTW. No tour and no interview in Spain, as usual. It’s a question of culture, my friends. Enjoy DP tour in France and Germany!
    From Valencia, JJ.

  30. 30
    Elprupdeep says:

    Enfin!!! Some kind of recognition for the greatest band on earth.
    France 2 and Elise Ducet MERCI.
    Very frenchy version of smoke very “adequat” for the midday news program.
    They could have done another version of heavy rock instead they adapt to the situation small studio not a place to do a heavy rock version , and of course the guys make a wonderful “boeuf” like we say in france. And they enjoyed it!
    And the television people technicians and journalists had a very wonderful private concert they had a ball. Lucky guys!
    Thank u again and again and long live DP.

    Richard legris.

  31. 31
    Bo says:

    I dont know about this. It sounds great, BUT at the same time: THIS IS DEEP PURPLE. Not a joke. This is one of the greatest bands EVER on earth. Dont play around with that name. Do these funne things in another name. Right now I just see the Purple name fading away. Only DVD, CD,LPs and memorys from the good old days keeps the Purple name alive.
    The next album has to be a killer as a Purple album. The next tour has to be MUCH more than a MIJ Part 128. If not – then there is nothing left – but the memories.
    It hurts to write these things.

  32. 32
    LRT says:

    Back to te Merv factor, it pays to be concerned. An audio recording has apparently surfaced of that ’68 performance. All I have to do now is fact check it. If anyone can help let me know. So far it has been compared to everything but BBC recordings because those are usually high quality so I’m almost certain it’s not that source. The date says it’s from that airing though. Intersting rare discovery if it’s the right info attached. One thing is for sure I have never heard this performance so that narrows down hard as well. It just goes to show it all does come around sooner or later.

  33. 33
    Deep Purple Tour Page says:

    … nice version of Smoke

  34. 34
    Arthur says:

    Actually that was quite impressive, maybe this is the direction they should go in!

  35. 35
    muc72 says:

    Great version.
    Just a little detail. This is not the show Culturebox but the television news of channel 2 (France 2)at 1pm( you can see 13 heures).
    Many people watch this.

  36. 36
    Jose Paulo says:

    Absolutely fantastic, Deep Purple is the great and fabolous band in all times!

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I scrolled back but do not see what you re talking about…..

    Maybe it is me?

    Enlighten me, please. 1968? Merv – factor?

    Cheers, Mark

  38. 38
    KIDD PURPLE says:

    These guys can do it all!

  39. 39
    LRT says:


    First I mentioned it in reference to T, at least we look back in once in a while.

    Then I got my shovel out and now have an audio recording of Hush, apparently from that date. I’m after confirmation before I really know it’s not from some other show, as that is the ultimate live archival sin and makes it nearly irrelavant to gather them and maintain them in any factual order a lot of the time. I have compared it to Inglewood and Playboy, it’s not them, and BBC recordings usually aren’t audience or radio and TV taped. Plus it clearly sounds just like a TV studio audience before and after the mucis. That’s all, besides looking for help with the proof because there seems to be no interest hanging around much anymore these days, especially when I only associate with the trading communities *nice* folk. That kind of narrows the help down.

  40. 40
    Paul says:

    WOW fantastic

  41. 41
    purplepriest1965 says:


    A not known version of HUSH.


    It sounds similar but different at the same time?

    You re sure the audience is not mixed in?

  42. 42
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    LRT, you might want to try Simon Robinson….

  43. 43
    MacGregor says:

    A wonderful version indeed, great to see & hear something different! Paice would certainly be at home playing the ‘jazz’ & Morse as well. Airey can cut it as well & Gillan nails it no worries! Not sure if Glover was at home with it though! Hard to tell with his expression, probably having a good laugh & why not!
    They could do other classics as well. Yes’ did it back in 2004 with different versions of their classics, why not? A lot of the great bands have Jazz influences through out their music, hell even Sabbath’s earlier music is loaded with it. Iommi plays it as well as Bill Ward! Bring it on, forget the rock, it has all been before!

  44. 44
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Btw, Simon put a lot of effort in trying to negotiate with Dutch Radio station VPRO on one of the very earliest MK 2 recordings, made in Amsterdam.

    Well, so I understood.

    But uptill now, no progression : (

    The reason given I think was they wanted to do something with it themselves.

    If not now, then when?!

    Do they expect more and more money in the future?

    ” Taking a chance on a feeling is waiting for a flower to grow…..”

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    Marije says:

    I think this is a really cool and different version, with especially great work by Don and Steve. Too bad though we can’t hear Ian’s harmonica. And yes, cool how the guys are grinning in the background during Ian’s interview 😉

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    ivica says:


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