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Patrick Moraz (born June 24, 1948 in Morges, Switzerland) is a progressive rock keyboard player. He is best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock legends Yes, from 1974-1976, and The Moody Blues from 1978 - 1991. He was classically trained at the Conservatory of Lausanne, but played jazz primarily before entering progressive rock and has been highly acclaimed for his virtuosity.

He first toured as a solo performer opening for major jazz artists throughout Europe in the mid 1960s. He then formed the group Mainhorse or Mainhorse Airline with Jean Restori in 1968, which released a self-titled album on Polydor. Another leading force of the band was David Kubinec (In 2007 an album with studio recordings the band recorded in Geneva ‘The Geneva Tapes’ was released on CD under the name David Kubinec’s Mainhorse Airline.) He then moved to England and in 1973 formed Refugee with Lee Jackson and Brian Davison. Davison and Jackson had previously teamed with rock keyboardist Keith Emerson (famous for his work in Emerson Lake and Palmer) in the group The Nice.

Moraz rose to prominence in 1974 when he replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes, playing on their Relayer album. In 1976 all current members of Yes released solo albums, and the Moraz album, titled The Story Of I, received acclaim from musicians. In the interim Moraz had moved to Brazil, and incorporated Brazilian rhythms and performers on the album, making it an important staple of world music.


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  • MusicMagic77

    << David Kubinec's Mainhorse Airline <<

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    << Mainhorse <<

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • FabricioSM

    LINDA MUSICA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Amidlo

    Human Interface - WOW! a great album! hard to get, but please - do try! the first track - light elements - is so wonderfuly majestic! :) and it has only 60 listeners... <sadness>

    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • epanou

    c'est qui patrick moraza ???? je rêve de voir çà comme wiki !!!

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Amidlo

    you better guys check his newest album from 2009! Change of Space! its a quite a musical positive disaster. in some way similar to the "story of i" (in the terms of 'virtuosity') the album is so crazy experimental! i recommend all of you Moraz fans (and especialy "story of i" fans) to get it now! :)

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
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  • sirblueskies

    I love "The best years of our lives" .. A modern Motzart .. no doubt!

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • janszafranski

    Meant to say "why it isn't recognised as such, I don't know"

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • janszafranski

    This is as good today as it was 30 years ago (gawd do I feel old)... why it is recognised as such I don't know

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • karlfest

    I loved these tunes thirty years ago. They still sound great. This guy was pretty amazing, considering there was very limited sequencing and zero sampling back then. Bravo Patrick.

    29 Jul 2008 Reply

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