Awakening, the first track of the nine, foreshadows not so much the adventurous nature of Christiansen's playing to come, even though he makes clear that a pushing of the envelope certainly can be a component of his talent, but rather the crystalline nature of his tone, rich and glowing, and the logical development of his solos, narrative in their logic. Awakening awakens listeners to a superb guitarist who has developed his own approach that remains technically accomplished and inviting.
Bill Donaldson Jazz Improv
One of the best jazz guitar records I've heard in a long time. Beautiful playing, beautiful writing, beautiful sound.
From the first note, Corey Christiansen lights a rhythmic fire that never flickers, punctuating chords with precision and soloing with zeal on this set of inventive originals and standards.
Dave Zaworski Downbeat Magazine
Corey Christiansen is the kind of jazz player I like: One who is steeped in the tradition of the great bebop and post bop musicians, but is also very conscious of infusing into it a new and modern style