The Awakening (Ahmad Jamal album)

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The Awakening
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Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 2–3, 1970
GenreCool jazz, post-bop
ProducerEd Michel
Ahmad Jamal chronology
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The Awakening

The Awakening is an album by American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal featuring performances recorded in 1970 for the Impulse! label.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "By 1970, pianist Ahmad Jamal's style had changed a bit since the 1950s, becoming denser and more adventurous while still retaining his musical identity... Intriguing performances showing that Ahmad Jamal was continuing to evolve".[2]

Writing in Pitchfork, Michael J. Agovino writes that the album "is a fine example of Jamal’s stately—and understated—elegance punctuated with doodles of whimsy."[3]

Retrospectively, the album has had an influence in Hip hop music culture and production, with artists such as Nas and Common sampling tracks from the album for his work.[4][5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(8.0/10) [6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Awakening" (Ahmad Jamal) – 6:19
  2. "I Love Music" (Emil Boyd, Hale Smith) – 7:19
  3. "Patterns" (Ahmad Jamal) – 6:19
  4. "Dolphin Dance" (Herbie Hancock) – 5:05
  5. "You're My Everything" (Harry Warren, Joe Young, Mort Dixon) – 4:40
  6. "Stolen Moments" (Oliver Nelson) – 6:27
  7. "Wave" (Antônio Carlos Jobim) – 4:25
    • Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios in New York City on February 2 & 3, 1970



  1. ^ Impulse! Records discography accessed April 14, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 14, 2011
  3. ^ "Ahmad Jamal: The Awakening Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  4. ^ Jazz Night in America (2017-04-19), "Jazz is the mother of hip-hop" | JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA, retrieved 2017-07-02
  5. ^ Nas – The World Is Yours, retrieved 2017-07-02
  6. ^ "Ahmad Jamal - The Awakening". Pitchfork. April 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 111. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.