Bucher is a French harmonica player that I discovered because my good friend Pat asked me
to find him a CD of Vincent's works entitled 'Love Call'. I tried to find some info about
Vincent on the net and, connecting various sources, found that he was a 'protégé' of
Sugar Blue in the years Sugar spent in France. Later, it seems, Vincent left for a road
tour of America with Sugar Blue and soaked up on Chicago style harp. There he played along
Jimmy Johnson and Louisiana Red, amongst others. Nowadays, he plays mainly with musicians
from Madagascar and Africa, especially with Tao Ravao, although he has done session work
for French blues performers, namely Paul Personne, Bill Deraime and Patrick Verbeke.
Vincent is an excellent player with great fluidity and tone. His style with Tao Ravao is very much his own, probably because he has developed his skill in a musical area where harmonica isn't normally at the forefront. His blues style as featured on Paul Personne's 'Instantanés' is clean and toneful and makes extensive use of alternate tunings. The CD 'Love Call' (that started my whole interest in Vincent) is no longer available in France, but Tao and Vincent have two other CDs out called "Tany Manga" and "Hé là-bas !" which are reviewed just below.
If you want to check the opinion of someone who met Vincent and jammed with him you can go to the Harp-L archives : after having played with Vincent in Paris, Richard Hunter reported to Harp-L and if you search for 'Vincent Bucher' you should find his thread.
If you're interested enough to purchase the CD described below, you can find it on various French CD mail-order companies, the main ones being the FNAC and Alapage. Please note that I have no commercial interests in sales by Vincent or Tao and neither have I links to the FNAC or Alapage. This is just to point at a convenient way for people outside of France to acquire this CD.
Tao Ravao / Vincent Bucher - Tany Manga (Samarkand AL008)
Tao Ravao / Vincent Bucher - Hé là-bas !