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Jon Lord as DP arranger


After Bananas, it really seems to me that Lord's role was crucial for DP style, because it's the least DP album IMHO. The two songs written with Jon essentially differ from the others (in structure, e.g.)
I sometimes read about Lord's role in DP as an arranger. Was arrangement the way Lord formed the purple style? Or arrangement was a purely technical issue, and his influence was mainly in playing Hammond?
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I think the role he assumed as group spokesman back in the late 60's (a role he didn't take by force, but one that was thrust upon him via the media....simply because he may have been the best spoken of the five), set him up in a position as "supposed leader", and that position naturally lent itself to "group arranger" if he chose to take on that role.

He clearly wanted and took that role in 1969 and 1970 with the Concerto and the Gemini Suite. Though when Ian Gillan came along, and Ritchie Blackmore voiced resentment that Jon was presumed to be group leader, maybe he backed down from that role, in order to keep the peace.

Whether one has to be the established "alpha-dog" in the pack to be the arranger is another question. Yes, it is easier to arrange and be credible if you are already perceived to be the leader, but I think on an intellectual level, one can still arrange and share their efforts as a "contributor" w/o necessarily being "leader".

Jon played many complex roles by interweaving his classical projects with DP, all the while being the "rhythm organist" as well. Jon Lord will go down in music history as being a man who wore several hats throughout his career. He was the only piece on the musical chess board who could play the role of pawn, but then turn around and be King or Bishop when it was time to step it up.

I don't think many other musicans had the luxury of toggling back and forth like that...at least politically within the social structure of a band project.

He is a rare dude indeed, and that ability in addition to him being a fabulous keys player, just makes the man great....Don't know if I answered your question or not, but those are my thoughts.

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As a fan of DP and JL, I liked to read your comment. I do think, that JL formed the DP style at least just playing. As a supportive example, I remember John Paul Jones said in one of his interviews that he had been able to change the whole song key playing keyboards in LZ.
But I also saw in one of the clips how Lord was writing notes in the DP studio. I wonder if it was just technical work or style forming...

 
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I see what you're asking now. And I think only Jon could answer that. I would guess it was an ever-varying combination of both.

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Thanks anyway
Oh Lord, were are you?emoticon Could you answer my question and nourish my curiosity? emoticon
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quote:

Anar wrote:

Oh Lord, were are you?emoticon Could you answer my question and nourish my curiosity? emoticon






 Hey, Anar? Might I suggest a private message or email to FanForum member 'keys1' with your question(s) ?



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ok, that'd be great, thanks a lot
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