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Patrick Moraz
Patrick Moraz

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. Image File history File links Moraz1. ... Image File history File links Moraz1. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Morges is a commune in Switzerland in the canton of Vaud, located in the district and is also the seat of Morges. ... Progressive rock (shortened to prog rock or prog) is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day. ... Keyboard player is a term used for a musician who plays multiple instruments that have piano-style keyboards. ... Progressive rock (shortened to prog rock or prog) is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day. ... Yes is a progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... The Moody Blues were best known for fusing an orchestral sound with rock and roll, as seen in one of their most popular songs, Nights in White Satin. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He first toured as a solo performer opening for major jazz artists throughout Europe in the mid 1960s. He then formed the group Mainhorse with Jean Restori in 1968, which released a self-titled album on Polydor. 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. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Throughout his career with The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and as a solo artist, Keith Emerson has proven himself perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history. ... ELP can also stand for Extra Long Play, a format for the VCR tape. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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. Rick Wakeman performing on stage with Yes in the 1970s Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949) is a British progressive rock keyboard player. ... Relayer is the seventh studio album by the progressive rock band Yes. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world (Bohlman 2002, Nidel 2004, p. ...


After Moraz recorded another album, Out In The Sun, which also was well-received, he began touring with the Moody Blues on their Octave tour in 1978, and later played on their 1981 album Long Distance Voyager, which was not their first album to reach #1 on the charts. He remained touring and recording with the Moody Blues until 1991, when the band decided to let him go. Moraz filed a suit against the Moody Blues in 1992 claiming he was a full fledged member of the band and was wrongfully terminated, and thus entitled to royalties on all future albums the band would release. Unable to produce any evidence of a partnership with the band, and presented with touring and recording contracts that he signed prior to each tour and album recording session, Moraz lost his suit and was found by a court of law not to be a full fledged member of The Moody Blues. The Moody Blues were originally a British rhythm and blues-based band; they later became best known for psychedelic music and early progressive rock. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Even while with the Moody Blues, Moraz toured and recorded extensively. He toured with his group from Brazil, recorded with Chick Corea and two prominent albums of duets with drummer Bill Bruford, another former member of Yes. His solo albums Future Memories I, Future Memories II and Windows of Time have been critically well received. Chick Corea on the cover of sheet music book Chick Corea Collection Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is an American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Bill Bruford on the cover of his album, Feels Good to Me William Scott Bruford (born May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England), better known as Bill Bruford, is an influential drummer known for his forceful, highly precise, polyrhythmic style. ...


Discography

Solo Albums

  • 1976 - Story Of I
  • 1977 - Out In The Sun
  • 1978 - Patrick Moraz III
  • 1979 - Future Memories Live On TV
  • 1980 - Coexistence
  • 1984 - Timecode
  • 1984 - Future Memories II
  • 1985 - Future Memories I & II
  • 1987 - Human Interface
  • 1989 - Libertate (re-issue of Coexistence)
  • 1994 - Windows Of Time
  • 1995 - PM in Princeton
  • 2000 - Resonance
  • 2003 - ESP

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External links

Yes
Jon Anderson | Chris Squire | Steve Howe | Rick Wakeman | Alan White
Peter Banks | Tony Kaye| Bill Bruford | Patrick Moraz | Geoff Downes | Trevor Horn | Trevor Rabin | Billy Sherwood | Igor Khoroshev
Discography
Studio albums: Yes | Time and a Word | The Yes Album | Fragile | Close to the Edge | Tales from Topographic Oceans | Relayer | Going for the One | Tormato | Drama | 90125 | Big Generator | Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe | Union | Talk | Open Your Eyes | The Ladder | Magnification
Live albums: Yessongs | Yesshows | 9012Live: The Solos | Keys to Ascension | Keys to Ascension 2 | House of Yes: Live from House of Blues
Compilations: Yesterdays | Classic Yes | Yesstory | The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
Remix albums: Yes Remixes
Box sets: Yesyears | In a Word: Yes (1969 - ) | The Word is Live

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Patrick Moraz - A Biography (1258 words)
Moraz continued studying with other local luminaries who made him understand what "real" music was and teaching him the secrets of improvisation, composition and expression on a more esoteric and spiritual level.
Patrick's serious commitment to the piano really began while he was living in Vevey, in the same house as, and studying piano by watching and listening to, Clara Haskil, the great Romanian concert pianist who was one of the world's leading authorities on the music of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven.
Patrick's solo effort, the visionary "Story of I", was recorded in the fall of 1975 in the company of John Mc Burnie, (vocals), Jeff Berlin (bass), Alphonse Mouzon (drums), Ray Gomez (guitar), Andy Newmark (drums) and 16 Brazilian percussionists.
The Official Site Of Patrick Moraz (671 words)
Patrick was recently interviewed by Dutch DJ Mark Deren for the highly-popular "Mark From Holland" radio show...
All of Patrick's catalog of solo and early group recordings have been re-mastered and are being distributed by on Voiceprint Records.
Patrick's catalog of solo recordings are soon to be re-released.
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