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Jon Lord - Gemini Suite album review

Album Review

Purple organist’s great classical work remastered, with notes from Roger Glover.

When Jon Lord led Deep Purple onto the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to perform his Concerto For Group And Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in September 1969 he courted disdain from classical veterans but found a willing new audience. Although the Nice, Moody Blues and King Crimson had mined this music to help create progressive rock, Lord fearlessly placed himself at its heart, consolidating the prodigal evolution that started with piano at five and flourished with Bach before he became gripped by jazz organ pioneers such as America’s Jimmy Smith and Britain’s Graham Bond, who gave him valuable classical pointers.

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