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François Moutin's bass chops are practically unparalleled; his facility in the highest register allows him to double melodies and sound almost like a guitar.

— David R. Adler, All Music Guide Expert Review

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Francois Moutin was born in Paris. His early interest in music was encouraged by his parents. At age 5, Francois began studying guitar, then piano by age 11. The acoustic bass became his most lasting passion as a teenager. Also studying mathematics and physics, Francois received a college degree in engineering and earned a doctorate in physics at the age of 24. Then he elected to become a professional musician.

Three years later, as a member of the legendarey Martial Solal’s Trio, Francois was recognized as one of the finest young bass players in Europe. At 29, he began co-leading the Quintet Moutin with his twin brother Louis, a top echelon Jazz drummer. This project has evolved into the Moutin Reunion Quartet. With this band, the brothers are touring extensively around Europe and the United States. The third album of the Moutin Reunion Quartet "Something Like Now" (after "Power Tree" and "Red Moon"), was released in September 2005.

When he was still living in Paris, Francois worked non-stop with the greatest musicians of this age : Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Antoine Herve, Daniel Humair, André Ceccarelli, Eric Lelann, Jean-Michel Pilc, Christian Escoude. He has also performed with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Niels Lan Doky, Mino Cinelu, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Toots Thielemans, Didier Lockwood, Larry Schneider, Aldo Romano, James Moody, Terry Lyne Carrington, Richard Galliano, Bernard Lubat, Aaron Scott, George Brown, Sunny Murray, Michel Legrand, Archie Shepp, Claude Nougaro, Trilok Gurtu, Bob Berg, Birelli Lagrene, Wladimir Kosma, Marius Constant, Markus Stockhausen, L'ensemble Inter Contemporain. François has performed in every important European Jazz Festival, and he has toured in over 30 countries around the world.

In November 1997, Francois moved his base to New York where he has found steady work in live performance and studio sessions with the premier artists on the New York Jazz Scene. A partial list of their names reads like the yellow pages of Jazz : Franck Wess, Jimmy Heath, Monty Alexander, Benny Powell, Don Alias, Mike Stern, Lew Soloff, Steve Kuhn, Joe Locke, Billy Hart, Jeff Tain Watts, Victor Lewis, Billy Drummond, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Harry Belafonte, Odean Pope, James Hurt, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Rick Margitza, Franck Kimbrough, Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Gene Jackson, Dave Binney, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Adam Rogers, David Gilmore, Ben Monder, John Hart, Billy Drews, Jamie Haddad, Steve Hass Bob James… Francois has also recorded and performed with Arab Music star Simon Shaheen. He is a familiar presence on the stages of such establishments as Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Jazz Gallery, Tonic, Smoke, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, New York Symphony Space, Museum of Modern Art. François has also appeared in some major Jazz Festivals around the coutry like Newport JVC Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York, Freihoffer Jazz Festival in Saratoga Spring, Detroit Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Series, or Kansas City Jazz Festival.


As a coleader:

LUCKY PEOPLE –  Moutin Factory Quintet – Plus Loin – 2013

SOUL DANCERS –  Moutin Reunion Quartet – Plus Loin – 2010

SHARP TURNS - Francois & Louis Moutin – Nocturne/Lightyear – 2007

SOMETHING LIKE NOW - Francois & Louis Moutin – Nocturne/Lightyear – 2005

RED MOON – Francois & Louis Moutin – Nocturne/Sunnyside – 2003

POWER TREE – Francois & Louis Moutin – Nocturne/Dreyfus Jazz – 2002

INIT - Andre Ceccarelli, Nguyen Le, Francois Moutin - Polygram – 1993

PARCOURS - Louis & Francois Moutin - Blue Line – 1991



As a Sideman : 

APEX – Rudresh Mahanthappa – Pi Records – 2010 

SKETCHES OF SPAIN – Lew Soloff & Steve Richmond – Sheffield Lab – 2010 

MUSIC – Ronnie Lynn Patterson – Outnote Records – 2010

PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS – Ole Mathisen – Jazzheads Records – 2009

RAY’S WAY – Ray Levier – Origin – 2009 

CHINESE HOROSCOPE – Ole Mathisen – Jazzheads Records – 2008

LIVE AT THE KNICKERBOCKER – Lew Soloff - ? – 2007

SONGLINES – Manu Codjia – BeeJazz – 2007

CODEBOOK – Rudresh Mahanthappa – Pi Records – 2006

ROAD MOVIE – Antoine Herve – Nocturne – 2006

BIRDWATCHER – Michel Portal – Universal – 2006

WORLD PASSION – Tigran Hamasyan – 2005

BODY AND SOUL – Frank Wess – M&I Records – 2005

AIR – Lew Soloff – Keystone Corner – 2004 

MOTHER TONGUE – Rudresh Mahanthappa – Pi Records – 2004

CARDINAL POINTS – Jean Michel Pilc – Dreyfus Jazz – 2003

WELCOME HOME - Jean Michel Pilc - Dreyfus Jazz – 2002

BLACK WATER – Rudresh Mahanthappa – Red Giants Records – 2002

SUMMERTIME - Antoine Herve – Nocturne  - 2002

NY- 1 / LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD – Martial Solal – Blue Note Records – 2002 

INVENTION IS YOU - Antoine Herve - Enja – 2001

LIVE AT SWEET BASIL Vol 2 - Jean Michel Pilc - Challenge Record – 1999

LIVE AT SWEET BASIL Vol 1 - Jean-Michel Pilc - Challenge Record – 1999

DARK GROOVES - James Hurt - Blue Note Records -1999

EXPLORATION - Richie Beirach, Steve Davis, F. Moutin - Double Time – 1996

FLUIDE - Antoine Herve - Label Bleu – 1994

ANYWAY - Michel Portal - Label Bleu – 1993

SEQUENCE THMYRIQUE - Trio Machado - Label Bleu – 1992

WHITE KEY - Manuel Rocheman - Nocturne Production - 1991

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