Return To Forever (Remastered) Chick Corea
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- 1Return To Forever12:06
- 2Crystal Silence06:55
- 3What Game Shall We Play Today04:26
- 4Sometime Ago / La Fiesta23:18
Info for Return To Forever (Remastered)
Return to Forever is one the defining jazz albums of all time. Even after his stint with Miles Davis, and his increasingly inventive solo albums, nothing could have prepared listeners for the jaw-dropping beauty of this album. Chick, behind the electric keyboard, leads a brand-new band through four of his compositions, all of them now classics. Stanley Clarke — one of Chick’s most enduring musical partners — makes his first appearance here on bass, along with the great Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, Airto on percussion, and the stunning vocalist Flora Purim. The sound is distinctly electric, tinged with Brazilian percussion and an enduring warmth that had never been achieved on a plugged-in jazz album before. Return to Forever is an album for the ages.
"The legendary first lineup of Chick Corea's fusion band Return to Forever debuted on this classic album (titled after the group but credited to Corea), featuring Joe Farrell on soprano sax and flute, the Brazilian team of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira, and electric bass whiz Stanley Clarke. It wasn't actually released in the U.S. until 1975, which was why the group's second album, Light as a Feather, initially made the Return to Forever name. Nonetheless, Return to Forever is every bit as classic, using a similar blend of spacy electric-piano fusion and Brazilian and Latin rhythms. It's all very warm, light, and airy, like a soft breeze on a tropical beach -- hardly the sort of firebrand approach to fusion that Miles Davis, Tony Williams, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra were exploring, and far less rooted in funk or rock. Corea also bathes the album in an undertone of trippy mysticism, not only in the (admittedly dated) lyrics, but in his cosmic keyboard wanderings, which remain melodic and accessible through most of the record. There's one genuine pop song in the groovy samba "What Game Shall We Play Today," and while "Sometime Ago" has similar elements, it's part of an ambitious side-long medley that features a stream-of-consciousness intro and a jubilant, Spanish/Mexican-style closing section called "La Fiesta," complete with castanets and flamenco modes. The title track is another multi-sectioned work, featuring Corea and Purim in wordless unison on two different, catchy themes, plus breezy work from Farrell and lots of Brazilian-flavored rhythmic interplay. And the dreamy, meditative "Crystal Silence" is an underrated gem waiting to be rediscovered. Certainly, this edition of Return to Forever wasn't inclined toward high-voltage jazz-rock (as the next one was), but this group's two albums still stand as some of the most imaginative and distinctive early fusion recordings." (Steve Huey, AMG)
Chick Corea, Fender Rhodes electric piano
Stanley Clarke, electric bass (tracks 1-3), double bass (track 4)
Joe Farrell, flute, soprano saxophone
Airto Moreira, drums, percussion
Flora Purim, vocals, percussion
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