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The Awakening
Hear, Sense, and Feel
Real Gone Music
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Release Date
September 4, 2020


Press Release

The Awakening were the only "group" recorded by Black Jazz, for which they made two albums; those two releases happen to be among the most collectible in the label's entire catalogue, which, given the value Black Jazz titles command in the open market, gives one an idea just how sought-after these records are.Recorded in 1972, Hear, Sense, and Feel marked the band's debut, and featured the same line-up that played on next year's Mirage.Being from Chicago, The Awakening's line-up unsurprisingly boasts a heavy connection to the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) collective that claimedThe Art Ensemble of Chicago among its most esteemed artists; in fact, both bassistReggie Willis and tenor saxman/flautist Ari Brown were AACM members and appeared on albums withMuhal. Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, and AnthonyBraxton among others. The other members of The Awakening, on the other hand, hailed from the city's soul jazz scene, specificallyYoung Holt Unlimited, for whom co-leaders trumpeter FrankGordon and keyboardist Ken Chaney played (trombonist SteveGalloway played on Melvin Jackson's soul jazz classic FunkySkull). And it is that sweet spot, somewhere between the free jazz and Afrocentric explorations of the Art Ensemble and the rhythm-heavy soul jazz sound being recorded at Chicago-based labels likeBrunswick and Cadet, that Hear, Sense and Feel lands. Which explains why this album sells for hundreds of dollars online if you can find it at all. A lost gem worthy of all the attention we think this reissue is going to get!

Track List

The Awakening-Prologue-Spring Thing
When Will It Ever End
Kera’s Dance
Brand New Feeling

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