Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Idio Savant
"Escape from the Trick Vans #6"

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Idio Savant were an improv quartet from Richmond, VA back in the 1970s. As far as I know, Shakers in a Tantrum Landscape was their only release. The members all went on to other bands, however, hence the before they were famous tag.


  • John Pippin Barnett - drums and percussion
  • Dan Finney - alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, duck-o-phone, fandango
  • Martin McCavitt - synthosizer, organ, piano, etc.
  • Paul Watson - trumpet, alto trumpet, flugelhorn, etc.

Pippin, Dan and Paul all went on to the Orthotonics, featured here in September of last year. They also all played with Half Japanese at one time or another (you can find them scattered throughout the albums Our Solar System and Sing No Evil). After the Orthos split, Pippin went on to be a member of both Curlew and Nimal. Danny joined former Orthotonic Rebby Sharp in the combo Rattlemouth, who've released a number of CDs.

Marty was, of course, the Marty half of The Tom and Marty Band, also featured here last September. Sometime later, he, Pippin and Paul started the group Famous Actors from Out of Town, whose lone release, an album-length cassette, will be featured here at some point.

1 biased opinion:

Biki Honko said...

oh, god the noise, noise, noise!