Fontessa | Frank van der Kloot

Biography

Frank van der Kloot started his musical career in a band called Bobby's Children. He played with them from 1971 until 1972. He then formed the band Drama with whom he recorded an album.

In 1973 he formed his own band Fontessa, together with the Drama drummer Shel Schellekens. In 1974 they recorded an album and a year later a single was released, A look in your eyes/Where have you been.

After the decline of Fontessa Van de Kloot recorded a solo album, in 1976, also titled Fontessa.

Then, in 1978, a second solo album is released.

He is currently the owner of a guitar shop in the Hague.

Frank van der Kloot

Discography

Fontessa (1974)

Fontessa (1974)
Fontessa
(1974)

Tracks:

  1. What is man (S. Schellekens, F. van der Kloot, R. Hamilton) [6:38]
  2. Victum of the past (S. Schellekens, F. van der Kloot, R. Hamilton) [15:32]
  3. I'll never let you down (S. Schellekens, F. van der Kloot) [5:42]
  4. Necernomicon (S. Schellekens, F. van der Kloot) [5:32]
  5. Friends (S. Schellekens, F. van der Kloot) [4:50]
  6. Epilog (S. Schellekens, F. van der Kloot) [1:25]

Musicians::

  • Frank van der Kloot: Electric and acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Shel Schellekens: Drums
  • Richard Hamilton: Voice
  • Jan Visser: Bass guitar (on [1,2,3,5]
  • Peter Vink: Bass guitar (on [4]
  • Eric Tagg: Fender piano (on [5]

Information:
LP Pink Elephant PE 877 055 (1974)

Recorded at the Rainbow Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands on 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 November 1973.
Engineered by Shel Schellekens and Michel Damen
Produced by Michel Damen
Photos by Ron Verboom
Layout by Ron Verboom and Jaap Andela

Fontessa (1974)Fontessa (1974)

Review:

Fontessa were formed in 1973 by two ex-Drama members, guitarist Frank van der Kloot and drummer Shell Schellekens (Schellekens was also briefly a Brainbox member). The original formation reputedly consisted also of keyboardist Otto Cooymans and bassist Paul Heppener, but none of them appears on the self-titled debut (1973, Pink Elephant), which was recorded with session members, ex-Alquin Jan Visser on bass, Richie Hamilton on vocals, Finch'es Peter Vink and Eric Tagg on electric piano. Although circulating often as a Prog album, 'Fontessa' is actually guitar-driven Jazz Rock with strong Blues and Funk elements with annoying vocals, when appearing, and little diversity. It's quite interesting for what it is and surpsasses the narrow borders of strcutured instrumentals, often adding loose performances in the process, but fails to deliver a fascinating atmosphere, depsite some harder passages thrown in for good measure. Everything starts and ends around van der Kloot's jazzy-spiced soloing with very funky supporting bass and drums, Tagg's piano appears only in one track and thus the album becomes a bit tiresome along the way. To imagine what we're talking about, this album could have been recorded easily in New Orleans, it has so many tight links to Jazz and Blues that speaking about a distinctive proggy atmosphere is rather needless. Shellekens was replaced by Mels Bol and later by Jan Pijnenburg, but Fontessa disbanded in 1975, although van der Kloot kept using this name for a number of years for his solo albums. Following Fontessas split, Cooymans, Happener and Pijnenburg formed Otger Dice.

(apps79, Rate Your Music)

Fontessa (1976)

Fontessa (1976)
Fontessa
(1976)

Tracks:

  1. Old friends (F. van der Kloot) [4:09]
  2. In the cool of the night [4:51]
    I (F. van der Kloot, H. van Oosterhout)
    II (F. van der Kloot, H. van Oosterhout, P. Heppener)
  3. Take it easy (F. van der Kloot, H. van Oosterhout) [5:03]
  4. Finale (F. van der Kloot) [3:13]
  5. Dedicated to ... (F. van der Kloot) [3:08]
  6. Stress (F. van der Kloot) [3:57]
  7. Heaven is across the street [10:45]
    I (F. van der Kloot)
    II (F. van der Kloot)
    III (F. van der Kloot, H. van Oosterhout)

Musicians::

  • Frank van der Kloot: Electric and acoustic guitar
  • Paul van Wageningen: Drums
  • Paul Heppener: Bass guitar
  • Otto Cooymans: Fender piano, Hammond organ, string ensemble, mini moog
  • James Batton: Vocals, ARP solo on [2], Fender piano on [3, 7]

Information:
LP NOVA 6.23494 (1976)
LP Basart records international Poker PO 10005 (1976)

Recorded with the Mirasound Mobile Studio.
Engineered by Rudolf Kuipers
Produced by Hans van Oosterhout
Photos by Ron Verboom

Fontessa (1976)Fontessa (1976)

Heavy Days Are Here Again (1978)

Heavy days are here again (1978)
Heavy days are here again
(1978)

Tracks:

  1. Hip Shakin' daddy (F. van der Kloot) [4:48]
  2. Gotta look up under your hood (F. van der Kloot) [4:48]
  3. I only know my name (F. van der Kloot) [6:42]
  4. Going down slow (F. van der Kloot) [4:16]
  5. Will you be there tomorrow (F. van der Kloot) [5:53]
  6. Lonely wind (F. van der Kloot) [3:26]
  7. You got me doing things (F. van der Kloot) [3:52]
  8. One of these days (F. van der Kloot) [6:52]

Musicians::

  • Frank van der Kloot: Electric and acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Shel Schellekens: Drums, vocals
  • Jan Vermeulen: Bass guitar
  • Okkie Huysdens: Keyboards, vocals
  • Jan Rietman: Keyboards

Information:
LP Basart records international Poker PO 25058 (1978)

Recorded at DMC, Baarn, The Netherlands
Engineered by Okkie Huysdens
Produced by Shel Schellekens
Photos by Ron Verboom
Design by Wim Meter

Notes:
On the cover he calls himself Frank van den (not der) Kloot

Heavy days are here again (1978)Heavy days are here again (1978)

(sources: Oor Popencyclopedie, Album sleeve)