When Mel Bay Records decided to launch Guitar Sessions, they knew they needed an album and an artist who would set the stage for what is yet to come. Speaking of Christiansen’s new release William Bay, president of Mel Bay Publications, Inc. said, "The goal for Awakening was to produce an album which conveyed the intensity, the beauty and the virtuosity of Corey’s playing burning jazz guitar."
Christiansen took the opportunity to record Awakening with long-time friends and notable musicians Danny Gottlieb on drums, Per Danielsson on piano, and Mark Neuenschwander on bass. Christiansen explores all avenues on Awakening from playing Coltrane changes over the bridge of jazz standard All the Things You Are to his original modal composition Little Hands, Big Dreams, written for and dedicated to his two-year-old son. After reviewing Awakening, jazz guitarist Joe Diorio raved, "One of the best jazz guitar records I’ve heard in a long time. Beautiful playing, beautiful writing, beautiful sound."
June 1, 2004 will mark the official release of Awakening. Copies can be purchased conveniently at Mel Bay Records’ new website: www.MelBayRecords.com and at many other on-line music stores. Look for Awakening at your local music retail outlet and any where Corey Christiansen is performing.