Chip Deffaa
February 13, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Awakening

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Randy Sandke
Producers
Concord Concerto
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

At last! An album realizing the promise shown on the trumpeter’s haunting, metatonal 1985 composition “Brownstones.” His poignant, penetrating sound on Awakening unites works by Bix Beiderbecke, Charles Ives, Billy Strayhorn, and Sandke himself. The electronics on “Fugue State” are jarring amid so much orchestral splendor, but in an era of musical clones, Sandke’s individuality is most welcome. A-

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