Dominique Gaumont

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Dominique Gaumont (8 January 1953 – 10 November 1983) was a French jazz guitarist who played with Miles Davis, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Michel Portal.


Dominique Gaumont was born on 8 January 1953 in Saint-Mandé, Paris, son of Édouard Gaumont, a former Guyanese politician.

After his musical studies, he became attracted to the electric guitar, in particular Jimi Hendrix, and began playing in public in 1970.

In 1974, he was invited by the trumpeter Miles Davis to tour the United States and appeared at Carnegie Hall, New York. He played on two Davis albums, Get Up with It and Dark Magus ("Dominique gave me that African rhythmic thing"[1]). He returned to Paris in 1975 where he formed his own band, Le Dominique Gaumont Energy, with Lucien Sombe (bass) and Joe Harmer (drums). They released an eponymous album.[2]

He also worked with the Black Artists Group, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Human Arts Ensemble and Michel Portal.

He died of a drug overdose on 10 November 1983 at the age of 30.


Dominique Gaumont Energy

With Miles Davis[edit]


  1. ^ Miles Davis The Autobiography, p.320
  2. ^ Dominique Gaumont Energy