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Maestro in full flight

Our long time regular Marcelo Soares writes:

One of my greatest moments ever as a fan was to see Jon play the Concert in São Paulo in 2009, in an open air gig in the most famous corner of Brazil. This weekend the festival will happen again, with lots of musicians playing around the clock, for free – even if none of Jon’s caliber. I was searching for something new about that gig and got this great close shot of Jon on the second movement. Nine minutes in which he is on full Maestro mode, enjoying each note, exchanging smiles with Steve Balsamo. Check it out:

It was quite an experience to be there.

Even before the gig, Jon spent some days in the city for the rehearsals, and he was spotted many times walking incognito at São João avenue – even if the Galeria do Rock, an entire building then specialized in selling rock albums and t-shirts, was next door to the building where the orchestra and the band rehearsed. After I interviewed him for MTV, Steve and Kasia Laska asked me where they could buy baby clothes with a Deep Purple logo, as Jon had just had a grandchild – so after the interview the three of us went to Galeria do Rock to get the emblazoned one-piece, even more icognito than Jon.

Damn, remembering those days makes me so thankful about life.

Here’s Marcelo’s interview with Jon as was broadcast by
MTV Brazil:

11 Comments to “Maestro in full flight”:

  1. 1
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    That singer butchered the song. Lord did his best to save it.

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    Wonderful, really enjoyed that & thanks for posting. Jon Lord is a melodic composer indeed & that Hammond, he really is one of the greats in so many ways. Bravo. Cheers.

  3. 3
    Ivica says:

    For me TOP 10 from Jon (not DP and WS)

    1-Pictured Within (Miller Anderson)

    2. Bouree

    3 Remember The Good Times (PAL)

    4 Gigue

    5.Downside Upside Down (Tony Aston)

    6 For a Friend

    7. Sarabande

    8. I’m gonna stop drinking again (PAL)

    9.Wait a While (Sam Brown)

    10. Bach Onto This

  4. 4
    VD says:


    Solid list! Think I’d personally switch Gigue and Bouree around though. The Hammond solo on that is one of my favorite solos ever (of any instrument).

  5. 5
    Buttockss says:

    1-Bach onto this, 2- Pictured Within, 3- Riders on the storm ( remake ), 4-Bouree, 5-Gigue, 6-Sarabande, 7-Wait a while- 8, For a Friend, 9- Love will find a way, 10, Ain’t gonna cry no more.

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Honorary mention of course:


    Jon’s first release (in 1966 on The Artwoods ‘Jazz in Jeans’ EP) of a song he wrote himself. In the dust heaps of my feeble mind I believe to also ‘remember’ that he sang that particular track (and not Art Wood), but try as I might I haven’t found any confirmation for that. It could be Art’s voice, but in places it’s not entirely clear, it sounds more hesitant than he usually sang (by then he had recording experience with his voice) and I sometimes believe hearing something akin to Jon’s voice, but my mind might be playing tricks on me. Anybody know anything about it here?

    I remember being immensely proud when I bought my first Artwoods album around 1976/77, a mid-70ies compilation release from RCA cashing in on Jon’s Deep Purple stardom:


    I found it in the bargain bin and held it close to my chest in bliss when I saw it!

    By that time I had already taken the solemn vow to acquire any vinyl featuring a performance of any DP member, may it be before or after DP’s (then) 8-year existence. Let me tell you: it’s a lifelong affliction. Ever the completist. All members of DP owe part of their wealth to me.

    ; – )

  7. 7
    Kidpurple says:

    Has any seen the Movie – The Rebel with Joe Namaith?
    Jon Lord wrote the Sound Track – bad movie but kind of cool music.

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    @ 7 – thanks for that information regarding Jon Lord & this ‘spaghetti western’ style movie. One thing I have noticed watching a few of those older movies is that they often have a good music score. I watched a 6 minute snippet of this & it sounded like Moog synth messing about with effects etc! Apparently it is a Ashton, Gardner & Dyke album according the the audiophile.USA review. A bit of everything regarding different musical styles but not specifically suited for rock music enthusiasts, according to the article I read. Cheers.

  9. 9
    Buttockss says:

    @ 7……ooh cool has to check out!

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Never saw the (rather obscure) film, but – of course – have the soundtrack, a collaboration with Tony Ashton.


  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    Watched The Last Rebel movie, a cold & wet day & not able to work out doors kept me at home, so why not. It was ok for a ‘spaghetti western’. I have seen worse & better of course. The soundtrack is ok also, good in places, not so in others but that comes down to the editor doesn’t it? Depending on how much music they have access to also no doubt.
    What goes where & when etc. I was unaware that Lord, Ashton & company did this soundtrack, as I was with the other movie soundtrack, The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady. Good to find out about them here at THS from fellow Purple aficionados. Cheers.
    Here is the full movie, no ads either.

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