- Released: January 29, 2002
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Nettwerk Records
Alternative Press - 3/02, p.868 out of 10
- "...A delight for fans of traditional jazz and acid-jazz alike..."
- 1.Into the Dark
- 6.In My Room
- 8.Day Fever
- 9.It's to Say
Personnel includes: Marc Moulin (arranger, keyboards, synthesizer); Christa (vocals); Ron Mael (spoken vocals); Philip Catherine (guitar); Johan Vandendriessche (flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, drums); Bart Maris (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bert Joris, Djaffar Bensetti (trumpet); Paul Flush (Hammond B-3 organ).
Engineers include: Alain Debaisieux, Russel Mael, Denis Moulin.
Recorded at Caraibes, Excelsior, Cosmos, Brussels; Nature, Soumont, Normandy; The Pentagon Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Composer: Marc Moulin.
Personnel: Marc Moulin (keyboards, synthesizer); Ron Mael (vocals); Philip Catherine (guitar); Johan Vanden Driessche (flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, drums); Bart Maris (trumpet, flugelhorn); Djaffar Bensetti, Bert Joris (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Alain Debaisieux.
Recording information: Caraibes Studio; Cosmos Studio, Brussels, Belgium; Excelsior Studio; Nature Studio, Soumont; The Pentagon, Los Angeles, CA.
Arranger: Marc Moulin.
Marc Moulin's Top Secret is a mixed bag of downtempo jazz treats and sweet-sounding rhythmic forays into the dark of night. With this recording, Marc Moulin craftily blends the sound of processed sexy vocals and collages them against the sounds of muted trumpets, congas, guitars, and lively trap drumming. This work comes alive with a jazz flavor, one that seems to have been used by a variety of performers and producers, but one that is uniquely Marc Moulin. Top Secret is a journey through the kaleidoscopic sound world of 1960s bossa jazz with a taste of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and George Duke.Marc Moulin's Top Secret seems to be half downtempo 1990s chill recording, and half contemporary jazz, which makes an interesting fusion. This is an interesting recording and one that certainly breathes new life into the genre of acid jazz, or downtempo music. All in all, a fantastic disc. ~ Matt Borghi