Collaborator Recalls Jon Lord's Final Solo

(Classic Rock) Jon Lord collaborator Paul Mann has recalled the emotional moments when the late Deep Purple keyboardist tracked his final solo.

They were working on the new recording of Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which will be released as planned next month, despite his sudden death in July.

Mann remembers how he spent a day in Abbey Road Studios working closely with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, one of the guest artists on the album, because Lord was too ill to join in.

"We came in to do the session with Bruce and the hope was Jon would put on an organ solo towards the end of the day. I'd made the decision I wasn't going to push him to do anything if he was well enough he'd do it, and we'd just see what happened," The conductor says. "I ended up working closely with Bruce because Jon was not feeling well during the afternoon. He was resting and he left me to teach the part to Bruce. We had a great time working on all that.

"Towards the end of the afternoon Jon re-emerged..."

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