Week of August 7, 2005

Tonton Macoute

Paul French - Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Gavin - Guitar, Bass
Dave Knowles - Woodwind, Vocals
Nigel Reveler Drums

Tonton Macoute (RCA Neon NE 4) 1971
reissued on Repertoire (REP 4467-WP) 1994

Summer Of Our Love/Greyhound Lady (RCA RCA 2190) 1972
(as Tonton)

A little-known band. Musically in the progressive-jazz genre, the album was released on RCA's now collectable Neon label. It's quite unusual and includes a number of woodwind solos. Despite being recorded under the supervision of Howard and Blaikley it's musically miles away from that duo's sixties pop format. Paul French went on to play in Voyager in the late seventies and early eighties.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson   ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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