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Dominant 7th #9

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Organ Passages from the Concerto Night (1969)


I had a question about two passages that Jon Lord played the night of the Concerto in 1969.

The first one is in regard to the 2nd Movement (Andante). At about the 14m:00s mark on the CD, Jon goes into his main solo after IG is done singing his "What Shall I Do..." segment.

Within this organ solo, roundabout the 14m:45s to 15m:15s mark, he plays that real dark, nasty organ passage that almost sounds like gothic horror music. Lots of parallel perfect 4ths and 5ths with no thirds in the chords.

My question is what do you call this kind of music? What would be the genre that he pulled from when he played this part? And what inspired him to play it, as it sounds so dark, and not like the rest of the Concerto? Was he influenced by a famous piece of classical music or was that created by him?
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The second question is in regard to "Wring That Neck" (the version played the night of Sept. 24, 1969, that also appears on the the Powerhouse album):

At about 8m:20s to 8m:30s into this song on the CD, there is a beautiful organ passage that he weaves through before the rest of the band resolves back to the infamous "Wring That Neck" hook line. In my mind it almost sounds like a music line you would hear in an Italian opera.

What genre would you classify that line in and where did he get that from, and does anyone else here know the line I'm talking about?

It only lasts about 0:10s but Jon's use of open chording as he voices it with the deep organ bass pedals is just outstandingly beautiful....in a wickedly powerful way.

Talk about an organ line that gives goosebumps. If ever I had to pick the shortest JL organ line that says the most with as few notes as possible, that would have to be the one.

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Re: Organ Passages from the Concerto Night (1969)


Interesting details you point out there, John. I totally agree on the goosebump part! emoticon

Otherwise I have no idea how to answer your questions. emoticon

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1) Movement 2: This is interesting I think this kinda slows the whole movement down to a point of total climax(weird as it may sound) but the first half of that sounds very pompous(a process of doing things where the hammond is astonishingly good at) while the second half sounds almost like funeral music and that sums up the mood of the whole "slow movement" of the concerto, I wouldn´t put it in a drawer as it´s simply an essential part of the "conceptual continuity"(Frank Zappa) of the second movement as a whole.

2) Wring That Neck: Again in this case you have an improvised part(it´s a lot more than the ten seconds you have) where the snippet you were talking about is a looking follow up of the "stream of conciousness" that Lord transforms into music in that very moment, I don´t think it´s good to be understood as a certain kind of music being a logical follow up to the kinda funny scales that Lord went through before and after that part in his improvisational mood.
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Milan,

Yes what you said makes the most sense. He created a stream of musical consciousness that lasted several minutes, and maybe some of the 10 second turnarounds, while highlights to me personally, were nothing more than "pavement markers" on the musical highway, to signal that he was ready to make a change in a certain definitive direction.

I have a tendency to obsess about certain passages that were moments of genius in my mind, but as you already said, they in reality were mere snapshots in time, that went by so quickly, he probably really doesn't remember doing them-- unless he were to play the CD again himself!

But be them quick or not, ahhhhh yes.... some of them were great, and if they by themselves were enough to make me want to play the instrument, then they more than served their purpose.

The Concerto continues to be a key component in my music collection....not because I ever listen to it everyday....but because when I do listen to it, it always evokes such strong feelings, and I always enjoy it so much.

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Roger Glover claims that Jon is a "zen soloist" - one hit and that's it. I think Jon himself said that if he didn't get a solo in one or two takes he'd leave it because he started to copy what he'd played previoulsy and that's not improvisation.

I prefer to savour the moment and enjoy the music without analyzing it too much.

In the words of Dr John - another fave of mine - when asked what he thought about whilst playing "If you're thinkin'.... y'aint doin'!" (You have to imagine his accent there emoticon )

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