Exposé Online banner

Cédric Vuille — #804 Center Street
(Les Disques Rayés 006, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

#804 Center Street Cover artA founding member of the Swiss ensemble Debile Menthol, then of L’Ensemble Rayé, Cédric Vuille is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. In the liner notes he writes about when, at age 17 and already bearing a strong passion for music, he was able to live in Oregon City as an exchange student for one year in 1974-75, where he absorbed and was in turn influenced by a number of the San Francisco bands, but in particular the album Quah by Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and associate Tom Hobson. That finger picking influence is evident on a number of the fourteen instrumental pieces here, but no more so than on “The Letter,” a beautiful and harmonically diverse piece for multiple guitars and bass clarinet that is at once rich, warm, gentle, and blistering, and very Jorma. Throughout, Vuille plays a variety of guitars, ukulele, banjolele, valiha, slide-khabossa, bantar, sitar, bass, theremin, kalimba, clarinet, keyboards, and a variety of percussion. He is joined on a track-depending basis by his Ensemble Rayé guitar-playing cohorts Jean-20 Huguenin and Julien Baillod, and drummer Daniel Spahni, plus Peter Schmid on a variety of woodwinds. The journey from the opening track to the closer is a mighty fun ride, crossing a lot of musical territory citing influences from blues, rock, bluegrass, country, folk, jazz, swing and beyond, but all arranged such that for the most part it completely eschews comparison. Brilliant and playful, 804 Center Street is a minor masterpiece that I highly recommend.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Cédric Vuille

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Percy Jones - Tunnels – Jones, who is probably best known for his impeccable and highly energized fretless bass work in Brand X, brings that pedigree to this, his newest project band. Also featured in the lineup are drummer...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues