Eddy Gaumont

Eddy Gaumont, born Édouard Jean-Marie Émile Gaumont on August 14, 1946 in Cayenne, died on November 22, 1971 in Paris, was a drummer and violinist of jazz and free-jazz.

Eddy Gaumont
Background information
Born14 August 1946
Cayenne, French Guiana
Died22 November 1971
Paris, France
Associated acts


Eddy Gaumont is the sixth of nine siblings. He is the son of the politician Édouard Gaumont and of Josèphe Madeleine Polycarpe. The family left native Guyana to settle permanently in the Paris region at the beginning of the 1950s. Eddy grew up in a family where music held an important place, his younger sister Joëlle Gaumont is a classical concert pianist and his younger brother Dominique Gaumont was a guitarist.[1] Eddy enrolled at the Versailles Conservatory in 1958 where he chose the violin. It is there in music theory class that he will meet Jacques Thollot and with whom will collaborate on several experiments and albums.[2][3] Eddy Gaumont studies the drums in parallel, which will become his favorite instrument. Eddy Gaumont left the conservatory at the age of nineteen. He learns the drums with drummer Kenny Clark.[4]

In 1966 Eddy Gaumont joined the French free-jazz scene, and collaborated and recorded with the main musicians of this movement, including: Barney Wilen, Jacques Thollot, François Tusque, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Michel Portal, Beb Guérin, Marion Brown ... [5][6]

In 1969 he founded his own group, the "Synchro Rythmic Eclectic Language" with Joe Maka, Louis Xavier, the same one who took over the group after the death of its founder.[7]

After a career of barely six years Eddy Gaumont tragically passed away on November 22, 1971.[8][9]

Gone too soon "Eddy Gaumont would surely have been the musician of the century" as Jacques Thollot said during an interview.[10]

TV and Radio ShowsEdit

Eddy Gaumont with Barney Wilen in concert at HEC in Jouy en Josas, France - November 24, 1966

Eddy Gaumont participated several times in the program "Pop Club" of José Arthur, there is no testimony left. He participated in thefrench program Dim Dam Dom on November 12, 1967, there is a video available on Youtube which is the only testimony of a live performance by Eddy Gaumont.[11]

Discography, Movies SoundtracksEdit

Participations[modifier | modifier le code]Edit

  • 1967 - collaboration with Michel Portal at the Music of the film Le Viol (The Immoral Moment) by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze.[12]
  • 1967 - François Tusques – La Reine Des Vampires - Eddy Gaumont plays violin.[13]
  • 1968 - Barney Wilen – Auto Jazz - Tragic Destiny Of Lorenzo Bandini.[14]
  • The B-Music Of Jean Rollin - Various Artists 1968-1979.[15]
  • Compilation 1975 – Jazz Meets The World.[16]
  • Jacques Thollot – Intramusique - Eddy Gaumont plays "prepared" piano.[17]


  1. ^ "Dominique Gaumont : étoile filante". Boukan & Une Saison en Guyane (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  2. ^ Jacques Thollot – More Intra Musique (2018, Vinyl), retrieved 2021-02-10
  3. ^ "Jacques Thollot", Wikipédia (in French), 2019-12-24, retrieved 2021-02-10
  4. ^ Minuscules), Nato (en (8 April 2017). "Le Glob: EDDY ET DOMINIQUE GAUMONT ALWAYS PRESENT". Le Glob. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  5. ^ "Eddy Gaumont : Tous les messages sur Eddy Gaumont - Le son du grisli". grisli.canalblog.com. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  6. ^ Perchard, Tom (2015-01-12). After Django: Making Jazz in Postwar France. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-05242-4.
  7. ^ "Découvrir la folie franco-caribéenne Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language". Disques obscurs l'actu vinyle des rééditions des disques rares (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  8. ^ Birgé, Jean-Jacques. "Jacques Thollot, l'art de la fugue". Club de Mediapart (in French). Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  9. ^ Minuscules), Nato (en (8 April 2017). "Le Glob: EDDY ET DOMINIQUE GAUMONT ALWAYS PRESENT". Le Glob. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  10. ^ "Jean-Jacques Birgé". www.drame.org (in French). Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  11. ^ Marion Brown, Eddy Gaumont video live French TV 1967 (advante-garde jazz) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f438q9KWxRY
  12. ^ Doniol-Valcroze, Jacques (1967-12-05), Le viol (Drama), Bibi Andersson, Bruno Cremer, Frédéric de Pasquale, Katerina Larsson, Sandrews, Argos Films, Parc Film, retrieved 2021-02-10
  13. ^ "François Tusques - La Reine Des Vampires 1967". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  14. ^ "Barney Wilen - Auto Jazz - Tragic Destiny Of Lorenzo Bandini". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  15. ^ The B-Music Of Jean Rollin - Various Artists 1968-1979 (2011, CD), retrieved 2021-02-10
  16. ^ "Various - Jazz Meets The World". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  17. ^ Jacques Thollot – More Intra Musique (2018, Vinyl), retrieved 2021-02-10