May 27, 2024

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CD review: Return To Forever – Together Again: Live In Japan 1983 – 2022: Video, CD cover

Return to forever is a jazz fusion band founded and led by pianist Chick Corea. During its existence, the band has had many members, with the exception of Corea’s only permanent bassist Stanley Clarke.

Together with Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever is often called one of the main jazz fusion groups of the 1970s. Several musicians, including Clark, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Al Di Meola first gained fame through their performances on the albums Return to Forever.

After playing in Miles Davis’ groundbreaking jazz fusion albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, Corea formed an avant-garde jazz band called Circle with Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul. However, in 1972, after joining the Church of Scientology, Corea decided that it was better to “communicate” with the audience.

Due to this fact, his musical performance significantly changed towards a more popular and accessible style, since a relatively small audience was fond of avant-garde jazz.

1. Overture
2. No Mystery
3. Romantic Warrior
4. Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant
5. Vulcan Worlds
6. Song To The Pharaoh Kings

Chick Corea: fender, piano, keyb
Stanley Clarke: el-bass
Al DiMeola: guitar
Lenny White: drums

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