11:44 AM GMT 21/05/2013
Jon Lord, who died on Monday at the age of 71, was one of rock's greatest keyboard players.
As a founding member of Deep Purple he employed his love of jazz, blues and classical music to astonishing effect, layering the band's heavy rock foundations with a soulful musicality and experimental edge. He was also responsible for co-writing some of Purple's best songs, among them the bona fide rock classic Smoke On The Water. He will be sorely missed.
10 reasons to salute Jon Lord:
1. Space Truckin'
The epic finale of Machine Head sees Lord channelling a trepanning mix of Coltrane and Kosmische.
2. Child In Time
The ominous shadows of a Deep Purple classic come a-creeping courtesy of Lord's magisterial organ intro and freak-out duel with Ritchie Blackmore's guitar.
Here's a clip of Mk I Purple on Playboy After Dark in which Lord is quizzed by host Hugh Hefner about the "strange manifestations" in the band's house before "grooving the kids" with immense hippie flair.
"I could hear another sound in my head. Something harder... something more throaty." Lord discusses the intricacies of his Hammond sound in this clip from the Machine Head Classic Albums episode.
More from their 1972 Copenhagen gig kicked off by Lord's storm of Leslie'd organ wizardry.
6. Concerto For Group And Orchestra
Purple are joined by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Lord's audacious 1970 opus.
7. Wring That Neck
Lord and Purple take flight (watch drummer Ian Paice go!) on The Book of Taliesyn's white-hot instrumental boogie, from 1969.
Live at the California Jam, Lord joins forces with the bass of Glenn Hughes to deliver the blistering title track from Purple's 1974 album.
9. Highway Star
Here's one of the best examples of Lord serving the song brilliantly, as he adds a racing organ pulse to Blackmore's wired riffs.
10. Smoke On The Water
Live in 1973. Dig the groovy couple at 0.26!
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