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Hailing from Reims, in France, SIX CYLINDRES EN V (Vee-Six in English) were an exceptionally competent RIO band active between 1980 and 1984. They released their only official album in 1984 on the Ayaa label (founded by keyboardist Denis Tagu of Hellebore) "Dernier Cri", which is an interesting and relatively unknown work, consisting of 9 tracks. Their sound is reminiscent of RIO bands such as Etron Fou Leloublan, Aksak Maboul and Stormy Six and other similar chamber prog-orientated bands, like Hellebore.

Consisting of seven members, viz. Yves Colombain, Patrick Cuisance, Marin Favre, Yves Menut, Antoine Prawerman, Jean-Marc Sohier and Benoît Proust - all playing an array of instruments, including saxophones, violin, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, tuba as well as drums and percussion - the band certainly offer an interesting sound that many fans of the RIO scene will enjoy. Their music is mostly instrumental, full of different time signatures and chocked full of melancholic and toe-tapping melodies with a jazz bent (due to the use of horns). All tracks are written by the band members, except for non-band member Frédéric Neimann, who wrote "4/4 Coda". There was also a self-produced (but unofficial) live album from 1982 called "Live At St. Exupery Center" which extends many of the tunes that would later appear on "Dernier Cri" and shows how proficient the band were live. In 1982, "Wao" (a track that appeared on "Dernier Cri"), appeared on a compilation album by artists on the AAA (later Ayaa) label, called "Douze Pour Un".

Marin Favre (saxophone, violin & percussion) is now a solo artist and some of his music can be heard at his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/mariabraun

If you like your RIO/Avant-Prog joyful and jazz-tinged and you enjoy chamber-prog bands that dabble in the cheerfully melodic, then you cannot do any wrong by listening to Six Cylindres en V.

===James R. Yeowell===

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Dernier Cri
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4 stars Catchy and flowing. Chamber rock and jazz are present, but there's also quite strong march music influences somehow. Compared to Panzerpappa, Miriodor, Volapük, Débile Menthol, Etron Fou Leloublan, for example, Six Cylindres En V is a bit more traditional. It is instrumental that also diminishes the playing/fooling around (Well, there's some choirs etc.). Trumpets, tuba, clarinet, trombone and of course strong sax and drums are still cheerful. Maybe even too cheerful and even boring - sounds almost like a funny movie's background music. Yet, there's nice original astonishing things here and there, and the music doesn't differ so much from those other French style chamber rock bands, though, for example Univers Zero is much more distinguishing and dark compared to all those mentioned. One good thing about Dernier Cri is that it's fairly harmonic and not irritating. And there's diversity, for example from folky chamber music to ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT's bluesy desert jazz that transforms into samba that's totally different mood (4. Marche Piedenez). And those parts melt into a jazz - like if the whole concept named jazz, generally, is based on those two styles. My favourite songs are Mobile (5.) that has much different parts with much rest/pauses, and more avantgardistic even minimalistic touch and WAO (6.) that continues almost krautrock-like "monotonic" pumping that emerges from the previous song, but with bigger intensity. Folk music, like something like klezmer music and some zeuhl (some vocals and for example the strong drums) can be also found on this album.

If you're not acquainted with this kind of music, I maybe don't recommend this album (also because it's instrumental), but even if you aren't and you like many kinds of subtle jazz/fusion, I do. I myself wouldn't say "I do" for this in church, but for being (only) nice, I still must give 4 stars (Maybe 3 ˝).


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