Awakening (Sonny Fortune album)

Awakening is an album by American saxophonist Sonny Fortune recorded in 1975 and released on the Horizon label.[1]

Studio album by
RecordedAugust 28, 1975 and September 8–9, 1975
StudioPlaza Sound Studios and Sound Ideas, New York City
GenreStraight-ahead jazz, hard bop, modal jazz
ProducerEd Michel
Sonny Fortune chronology
Long Before Our Mothers Cried
Waves of Dreams


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Village VoiceA–[4]

In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said while Awakening featured nothing innovative, it did showcase Fortune's knack for "great synthesis", including "shades of hard bop and late-'50s Miles in a more modal setting, so lyrical and tough-minded that the 12-minute flute-and-congas thing (the title cut, wouldn't you know) becomes quite credible, even listenable."[4] Vincent Thomas for AllMusic calls the album "an adequate set of mostly straight-ahead jazz, which sets it apart from many of his fusion-venturing peers of the '70s".[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Sonny Fortune except where noted.

  1. "Triple Threat" (Rodgers Grant) - 10:27
  2. "Nommo" (Jymie Merritt) - 9:38
  3. "Sunshower" (Kenny Barron) - 5:14
  4. "For Duke and Cannon" - 2:58
  5. "Awakening" - 12:16



  1. Sonny Fortune discography Archived 2018-11-07 at the Wayback Machine accessed February 2, 2015
  2. Thomas, V., Allmusic Review accessed February 2, 2015
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 79. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. Christgau, Robert (February 2, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
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