Belgian keyboardist Marc Moulin has been a jazz craftsman for more than three decades. A leader in the field of acid jazz, he began his career by playing the piano in the ’60s throughout Europe. During the following decade, he established a band known as Placebo. By 1974, he had made a trio of albums, influenced by such masters of jazz as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Before the ’70s had passed, Moulin switched gears; working with the band Telex, his style shifted to electro pop. With bandmates Michel Moers on vocals and Dan Lacksman on synthesizer, he put out five albums that spawned hit singles like “Rock Around the Clock,” an electro pop version of the song originally made famous by Bill Haley & the Comets, and “Moscow Diskow,” which won fans in discos as far away as Australia and Brazil. By 1992, Moulin again pulled a switch, this time turning to a sound that was more ambient with the release of Maessage. As the calendar flipped forward to a new millennium, Moulin flipped back in time to the place where he’d started: jazz. He signed with Blue Note, a label fond of pushing boundaries, which allowed him to freely combine his proclivity for the electronic sound with his jazz roots.
Marc Moulin was also a successful producer, working with Lio, four albums for French crooner Alain Chamfort, Sparks (band) (the album “In Outer Space” from 1983), jazz guitarist Philip Catherine and left-field artists such as Anna Domino and Kid Montana.
Moulin also worked extensively as a radio producer in the eighties, and later appeared regularly on radio shows while writing for Belgian publications.
He died of throat cancer on Friday 26 September 2008.
* 1971 Ball of Eyes
* 1973 Sam Suffy
* 1973 1973
* 1974 Placebo
* 1992 Maessage
* 1999 Placebo Years 1971-1974
* 2001 Top Secret
* 2004 Entertainment
* 2007 I Am You
Edited by zsomborn on 4 Jan 2010, 09:46
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