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Please help me with this Jon Lord quote

Over the years, it’s been fun to try to figure out various quotes that Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore threw into their lengthy improvisations in the 70’s. A bunch of the classical ones has been covered in Janell Duxbury’s list in this site.

There is one quote I have been trying to locate for years. This particular one appears at around 16:20 into Wring that neck on Live in Stockholm 1970 (AKA Scandinavian Nights). There’s a soundclip included below so you can check out what I mean. Does anyone know where this is from? It can of course be a Lord original, something he improvised at that spot but I have a feeling it comes from somewhere else. Anyone?

Here is a soundfile with the quotes from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” for all to compare to the Lord quote above.

14 Comments to “Please help me with this Jon Lord quote”:

  1. 1
    Rob Prior says:

    That sounds like a variation on “Unsquare Dance”, a 12 bar blues in 7/4 time signature. It was composed and recorded by Dave Brubeck in 1961 and originally released on the “Time Further Out” album. The song made it to #74 on the Billboard charts.

  2. 2
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Damn, Rob, that was quick! And from listening to “Unsquare dance” it seems you are right! I wish I had a prize for you because that was impressive! Great tune.

  3. 3
    Ziya Celayiroğlu says:

    The part that Lord quoted is a melody from Antonin Dvorak’s 9th symphony which also called “From The New World”. You can find it in approximately 03:00 of the first part, “Adagio, allegro molto”. Dave Brubeck also used the same melody in the song named “Unsquare Dance”. Cheers!

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    Marcelo Soares says:

    Jon is quite a Dave Brubeck fan. He has said many times that the idea for the Concerto was inspired in Brubeck’s “Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra”. And, if you go back to the In Rock remaster, there’s a piece of studio talk in which someone shouts “Taaaaake five!” and Jon does a brief quote of Brubeck’s Take Five.

  5. 5
    peter cross says:

    Isn’t it Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”?

  6. 6
    Marcelo Soares says:

    (When I listened to “Dialogues”, I also found a snippet that’s very similar to a snippet in Pictures of Home. But I’d have to double-hear it.)

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    Martin says:


    to fully confirm your findings you may check Jon’s official DVD from Germany 2005. He played a fabulous version of “Unsquare Dance” there. It was also his choice to include it in the set of the earlier 1999 “Pictured Within” Tour in Germany. Many times has The Master said about his affection for Dave Brubeck works, and that’s indeed a great tune fitting Jon’s stage temperament lovely.

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    Wolfgang Rehm says:

    Thats definitely and without any doubt Brubecks “Unsquare dance”. This organ/drum sequence imho is one of the gems of this particular “Wring Than Neck” version.

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    Paul Mann says:

    I can add a bit to Rob’s post – the 7-in a bar metre indeed might owe something to “Unsquare Dance” but the tune is from the first movement of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony. The Dvorak is one of Jon’s favourite classical works, and his love of Dave Brubeck is well known, as one of the inspirations behind the “Concerto for Group and Orchestra”.

    Right, I’m going back in me box now…

    Paul Mann

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    reinierguitar says:

    it is in fact a theme from the New World Symphony, bij Dvorak. It’s a 50 minute piece and the tune is first introduced around 03m38s.

    Jon is quite a fan of this piece. You can here him play the main theme (another theme from the same piece) on the Making of Machine Head extra’s Keep on Space Truckin’, where he explains that he sometimes would throw in well known tunes to see if Roger would be quick enough to make the chord change.

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    Christopher W. says:

    Well, I think that was not what Lord referred to.
    Listen to Dvorak´s 9th Symphony, first movement.

    That´s what it is!


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    69 says:

    Jon Lord also prominently quotes another part from another movement from “The New World” during Space Truckin´ on Made In Japan(escapes me which movement at the moment,it´s the beginning of it though).

  13. 13
    Allan says:

    Could you guys please tell me something: around what time does Jon quote The New World symphony on Made in Japan’s Space Truckin´? I have heard that version many times but I can’t seem to find it. I know that he quotes Jupiter from Holst´s the Planets at some point.


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    silvia says:

    Roger Glover hated Jon Lord at that time : he is a preposterous classical player who always boasts on how much classical music he knows”. And JOn lOrd teased him playing suddelnly some classical theme to see if Glover could follow him, but Glover hated all this game.

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