“The Awakening’s jazz – hard bop with side-trips into soul jazz, plus some free-jazz tonal expressionism.
The Chicago-based jazz sextet known as The Awakening was in the front line of the second tier of jazz combos active in the first half of the 1970s, amongst the Revolutionary Ensemble and the low-profile bands of, respectively, Sunny Murray, Hadley Caliman, Hampton Hawes, Billy Harper, Albert Mangelsdorff, and Fred Anderson. Who inhabited the top tier? Certainly the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and groups led by heavyweights Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett and Phil Woods.” – Sounds of the Universe.
“Amazing spiritual jazz / jazz funk lp by The Awakening, it became a classic album in the genre, essential stuff!!
A jazzy sextet based in Chicago in the early seventies with Sunny Murray. This was their second and final effort from 1973 on the ultra hip label Black Jazz. They played a very gentle kind of funky soul jazz, sometimes with hard boppin’ touch. This groovy LP is nowadays a collectors item.” – FunkMySoul.
Mode For D.D. (Richard Brown) 5:37
The Ultimate Frontier (Richard Brown) 9:54
Just A Little Peace (Ken Chaney) 5:08
Slinky (Ken Chaney) 6:10
Mirage (Frank Gordon) 8:31
Glory To The Sun (Frank Gordon) 6:12
March On (Ken Chaney) 5:30
Reggie Willis – bass
Arlington Davis, Jr. – drums, percussion
Ken Chaney – keyboards
Richard (Ari) Brown – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Steve Galloway – trombone, percussion
Frank Gordon – trumpet
Label: Black Jazz Records – BJQD/15
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Quadraphonic