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Don Airey (ex-Colosseum II and Deep Purple)

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Topic: Don Airey (ex-Colosseum II and Deep Purple)
Posted By: ProgressiveAttic
Subject: Don Airey (ex-Colosseum II and Deep Purple)
Date Posted: November 29 2009 at 00:04
Great keyboard player Colosseum II's ex-keyboardist and Jon Lord's replacement in Deep Purple + session musician for Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Brian May of Queen, Judas Priest, Living Loud, Babe Ruth, Gary Moore, UFO, Michael Schenker, Colin Blunstone, Company Of Snakes, Electric Light Orchestra, Katrina & The Waves and Andrew Lloyd Webber . I think he would be a great inclusion in symphonic prog for his solo work (could be compared with Keith Emerson or Rick Wakeman) or prog related....
Some samples:

Song from his solo album K2:A Light In The Sky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFmWlVNswKM

Solo spot with Deep Purple: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dkd0ej5zwg

With Jon Lord: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXjIF-VVE9g

With Colosseum II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLEb6LDg3qE

With Julian Lloyd Webber playing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Variations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=410aDmQy6ho


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Posted By: toroddfuglesteg
Date Posted: November 29 2009 at 03:07
That K2 album is most certainly a progressive rock album. I would even say Symphonic Prog.


Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: November 29 2009 at 13:56
terrific player, been on a ton of great records, but Light in the Sky was pretty far from progressive rock or even fusion..I was disappointed



Posted By: ProgressiveAttic
Date Posted: December 03 2009 at 22:12
Very underrated keyboardist... I saw him live with Deep Purple and he can play Lord's parts to perfection (and that is allot) + his new parts are not bad at all... his solo spot was truly amazing (Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman came to mind)....
He is very versatile...I've heard him playing hard rock, heavy metal, fusion and symphonic...and all those genres flow naturally from his fingers...
Since then I've been in love with his work (mainly with Colosseum II)

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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: December 03 2009 at 22:55
C ll is one of my faves, some great live footage --

http://matari_sage.at.infoseek.co.jp/colosseum2.html - http://matari_sage.at.infoseek.co.jp/colosseum2.html









Posted By: mystic fred
Date Posted: December 04 2009 at 02:47
I saw Don Airey do a demo for Hammond at a music gear show a few years ago - if you passed him in the street you wouldn't recognise him, he was such a  down to earth and friendly bloke who raved about Jimmy Smith and DP like a fan, one of rock's true Gents! Clap
 
 


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Posted By: The Runaway
Date Posted: December 04 2009 at 06:30
Symph, now.

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Posted By: ProgressiveAttic
Date Posted: December 07 2009 at 09:32


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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: December 07 2009 at 22:21
^ friggin awesome, Gary Moore was shockingly good; those bends, that intonation, incredible..and the band was the best around

     





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