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David Sancious & Tone

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David Sancious (born November 30, 1953 in Asbury Park, New Jersey) is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known as a keyboard player and guitarist. He was an early member of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and contributed to the first three Springsteen albums, and again on the 1992 album, Human Touch.

In August 1974, David Sancious and Ernest Carter left the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and formed their own band David Sancious & Tone with Gerald Carboy (bass). At various times the band would feature Patti Scialfa, Gayle Moran (from Return To Forever and The Mahavishnu Orchestra), and future Santana vocalist Alex Ligertwood. Springsteen encouraged Sancious in his solo career and made sure music executives heard his demos, leading to a contract with Epic Records.

Tone’s 1975 debut album Forest Of Feelings was produced by Billy Cobham. Sancious’ work with Tone was a radical departure from the music he played with Springsteen; Tone explored progressive rock and instrumental jazz fusion and had more in common with Yes or early Genesis than Sancious’ former boss.

Another album, Transformation: Speed Of Love, followed in 1976, and a third album, Dance Of The Age Of Enlightenment, was recorded. However a dispute between Epic and Sancious’ new label, Arista Records, over ownership rights meant it was shelved. It would not be released until 2004. One more Tone album, True Stories, came out in 1978 but the band subsequently broke up.

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