|Pierre Moerlen's Gong|
Years: 1978 - May 3, 2005
Styles: Canterbury Scene, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock
Ross Record - Backing vocals, Guitar (in band: 1978 - 1979)
Benoit Moerlen - Marimba, Percussion, Synthesizer, Vibraphone (in band: 1978 - 1979; 1987 - 1989; 1995)
François Causse - Congas, Drums, Marimba, Percussion, Timbales (in band: 1978 - 1981)
Hansford Rowe - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1978 - 1996)
Pierre Moerlen - Cowbell, Darbuka, Drums, Electric piano, Glockenspiel, Gong , Hammond organ, Keyboards, Korg, Marimba, Oberheim polyphonic, Percussion, Polymoog, Rhythm guitar, Synthesizer, Timbales, Timpani, Tom Tom Drums, Vibraphone , Vocals, Xylophone (in band: 1978 - May 3, 2005)
Alex Sanguinetti - Drums
Simon Pomara - Percussion
Frank Fischer - Grand piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer
Stefan Traub - Percussion, Synthesizer, Vibraharp
Jeff Young - Keyboards (in band: 1979)
Bon Lozaga - Acoustic guitar , Guitar (in band: 1979 - 1980)
Demelza - Congas, Percussion (in band: 1980)
Charlie Mariano - Saxophone (in band: 1980)
Brian Holloway - Guitar, Rhythm guitar (in band: 1980 - 1981)
Dag Westling - Guitar (in band: 1983 - 1985)
Michaël Zilka - Chapman stick (in band: 1983 - 1985)
Chris Rhedin - Keyboards (in band: 1983 - 1985)
Lena Andersson - Vocals (in band: 1983 - 1985)
Nina Andersson - Vocals (in band: 1983 - 1985)
Ake Zieden - Acoustic guitar , Guitar (in band: 1983 - 1989)
Vic Stephens - Drums (in band: 1993)
David Torn - Guitar (in band: 1996)
Gary Husband - Drums (in band: 1996)
Jim Loretangeli - Keyboards (in band: 1996)
Percy Jones - Bass Guitar (in band: 1996)
Gerald Veasley - Bass Guitar (in band: 1996)
Chris Farr - Saxophone (in band: 1996)
Meehail Ogorodov - Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 2001 - 2002)
Alexei Pleschunov - Bass Guitar (in band: 2001 -2002)
Arkady Kuznetsov - Guitar (in band: 2002)
Alexander Lutsky - Trumpet (in band: 2002)
Pierre Moerlen's Gong is a jazz fusion outfit led by French drummer and percussionist Pierre Moerlen which is very different from the first incarnation of Gong, the progressive rock band led by Daevid Allen.
It is notable for the prominent use of mallet percussion, such as marimba, xylophone, and vibraphone featured in a rock/jazz context, making for a very distinctive and unusual sound that could have been classified as warmer and more melodic than most typical fusion could be, and is comparable to the sort of fusion-influenced output many bands on the Canterbury scene were producing at around this time.
Amid a flurry of lineup changes in the mid-1970s, including the departure of founding members Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth, Gong drummer Pierre Moerlen found himself in charge of the band and with two albums remaining on their Virgin recording contract.
They released two albums under the Gong moniker, "Gazeuse!" (called "Expresso" in North America) in 1976 and then "Expresso II" in 1978. Following the completion of the Virgin contract, Moerlen changed the name of the group to Pierre Moerlen's Gong. In early 1979, the group released "Downwind", which was a more rock/pop flavoured album that featured occasional lead vocals by Moerlen himself and a cameo by Steve Winwood.
Later in 1979 they released another album, "Time is the Key", that took the band further into pop/rock territory. The live album "Pierre Moerlen's Gong Live" was released in 1980, followed later that year by another studio album "Leave It Open". By this point, Pierre Moerlen's incarnation of Gong scaled back its activity greatly, not releasing another record until 1986's Scientology-inspired "Breakthrough", featuring members of the Swedish band Tribute. The group quietly disbanded soon after.
Pierre Moerlen died unexpectedly on 3 May 2005 of natural causes, while rehearsals for yet another line-up of Pierre Moerlen's Gong were underway.
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