Invisible Stream

Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé

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Invisible Stream Review

by James Manheim

The "invisible stream," writes saxophonist-composer Raphaël Imbert, "refers to that 'unseen current' that connects people, artist, improvisers, musicians, while transcending aesthetic and cultural boundaries." It is a concept general enough to apply to many recitals, but Imbert and a trio consisting of cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, pianist Pierre-François Blanchard, and percussionist Sonny Troupé realize it here with unusual depth. Imbert and Troupé, who is from Guadeloupe, both have jazz backgrounds, and Imbert's compositions draw on jazz. However, the linkages are strengthened by the presence of 19th and 20th century songs, specifically German, that tie into a nostalgic mood in Imbert's works. The mood is strongest in the opening Akim's Spirit, a tribute to a deceased mountain climber that is the only multi-movement work on the program. It is substantial enough to provide momentum running through music by composers as diverse as Ornette Coleman and Richard Wagner (who, it must be said, might not have been crazy to find himself in such surroundings). The program doesn't have an effect of novelty; rather, it weaves a spell that deepens as it proceeds, and the whole project offers an engrossing hour of chamber music that brings the careers of all involved into new territories.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Akim's Spirit
1 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 03:32 Amazon
2 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 01:39 Amazon
3 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 02:42 Amazon
4 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 08:21 Amazon
5 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 02:47 Amazon
Tannhäuser
6 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 03:18 Amazon
7 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 05:06 Amazon
8 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 05:00 Amazon
9 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 05:14 Amazon
10 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 04:12 Amazon
Hollywooder Liederbuch
11 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 04:59 Amazon
12 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 04:12 Amazon
13 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 05:01 Amazon
14 Pierre-François Blanchard / Raphaël Imbert / Jean-Guihen Queyras / Sonny Troupé 04:45 Amazon
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