Marc Moulin Has Died

I knew Marc Moulin’s acid jazz/nu jazz music from his Blue Note release here entitled Top Secret. I think it’s the only one of his Blue Note recordings issued here. However, as I just learned, he had a long-lived career starting with a fusion band called Placebo and including the electro-pop band Telex. He died of cancer on September 26 at the age of 66.

Tom Van Hout posted an Ode to Marc in his blog, writing “It is hard to do justice to Marc’s genius, but here’s an attempt at doing just that. What many people disqualify as ‘lounge music’ or ‘nu jazz’ – recall the St. Germain hype – draws on the jazz electro sound Marc Moulin pioneered.”

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In the last few weeks, I’ve added new music from a number of artists I just learned about. Glam Sam and His Combo’s recording is called Groovy and Sam says it’s “cool music. Just cool and funky, with a twist of jazz.” It’s that twist that got my ear. I’ve got two cuts from it playing now. Hit up the MySpace page. You’ll also hear music from recent releases by Miles Bonny, Mocean Worker, and South Froggies. I’ve put my favorite Bob James cover back into rotation – Masters at Work’s “Nautilus (MAWtilus)” from the excellent Nuyorican Soul disc.

Aaron Parks: Progressive Jazz Piano

Aaron Parks has played piano on the last three Terence Blanchard recordings. I’m a big fan of those and the have made certain that the band was mentioned as an integral aspect of them. Now Mr. Parks has his chance to shine with Invisible Cinema, his debut on Blue Note Records. The Boston Globe says “…this is a different sort of piano jazz record… Everything is in this mix: classical influence, bop-based grooves, rock attitude, film-score drama, and hip-hop textures…” I have a press release titled “Jazz Meets Indie Rock on Aaron Park’s Blue Note Debut” and that sounds right. You can judge for yourself: AOL Spinner will be hosting a Listening Party featuring full-album streaming of Invisible Cinema the week of release starting Monday.

For more on Aaron Parks, check him out on MySpace.

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Mos Def and The Experience?

From a recent Kansas City Star article: “The Jammin’ at the Gem series [concerts presented by the American Jazz Museum in KC] has added another show, a promising jazz-plus-hip-hop departure. Mos Def and the Experience, the Brooklyn rapper in tandem with a star-studded jazz band, will appear Nov. 29.” I wasn’t able to find anything about this Mos Def project after a quick Google search. This is definitely something I’m interested in. Anyone know anything about it?