The great Jon Lord has just left us, at the age of 71, after a bitter fight against disease. It was a cruel loss for Deep Purple, the legendary British rock band he co-founded in 1968 and whose faithful keyboard player he remained until 2002.

Its name, its bright image, bring back
his famous title, Smoke on the Water. Who
did not vibrate to this universal standard of rock? To this magical sound that
only belonged to him, straight out of his Hammond organ?

The history of music will remember one who was a great traveler to the
country of rock, but also an ambassador inspired between classic rock and
the orchestral music, the two poles he ardently sought to
like this concerto for group and orchestra, which he recorded in
1969 at the Royal Albert Hall in London: a true marriage of love between Deep
Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He leaves us too soon, but he will
still had time - and happiness - to dedicate themselves to solo projects.