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Monday, June 18, 2007
Chick Corea - "Return To Forever" (1972)

(Review by Steve Huey)

"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".


1. Return To Forever 12:06

2. Crystal Silence 6:59

3. What Game Shall We Play Today 4:30

4. Sometime Ago / La Fiesta 23:13

My point of view: great album, especially for the summer, compositions are not from this earth, will definitely make you feel "elevated"!

-The downer: Chick Corea is a member of the scientology sect (and of the highest rank, as I've learned), propagating metaphysical crap. Anyway, music is what's important...

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  • At June 18, 2007 at 6:44 AM, Blogger nosyparker

    Θα ΜΕ αντιγράψεις το cd? :-P  
  • At June 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM, Blogger kafouroutsos

    Protino episis ta "my spanish heart" kai "light as a a feather" tou idiou. Gia tous technical freaks (san emena) proteino ta "romantic warrior" "hymn of the seventh galaxy" "beneath the mask". Gia tous opadous tis europaikis, ecm style jazz to dueto me ton gary burton einai poli kalo (crystal silence). Oraia epilogi ksaderfe nada  
  • At June 19, 2007 at 2:47 AM, Blogger Nada

    Nosyparker, ό,τι πεις!

    Καφουρούτσο, το light as a feather έπεται και μετά τα υπόλοιπα. Ευχαριστώ για τα καλά λόγια.