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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B004FRP4RS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Song Title Time Price
  1. On Green Dolphin Street 8:41Album Only
  2. Waltz For Debby 9:54Album Only
  3. Bud Powell 7:09Album Only
  4. La Canción De Sophia 7:37Album Only
  5. Windows 8:54Album Only
  6. Hackensack 7:29Album Only
  7. No Mystery10:54Album Only
  8. Señor Mouse12:06Album Only


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  2. Señor Mouse10:06Album Only
  3. Crescent 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Armando's Rhumba 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Renaissance 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. High Wire - The Aerialist 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I Loves You Porgy 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. After The Cosmic Rain10:37Album Only
  9. Space Circus 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. 500 Miles High12:45Album Only

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Disc: 1

1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. Waltz For Debby
3. Bud Powell
4. La Canción De Sophia
5. Windows
6. Hackensack
7. No Mystery
8. Señor Mouse

Disc: 2

1. Captain Marvel
2. Señor Mouse
3. Crescent
4. Armando's Rhumba
5. Renaissance
6. High Wire - The Aerialist
7. I Loves You Porgy
8. After The Cosmic Rain
9. Space Circus
10. 500 Miles High

BBC Review

When pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White joined forces with guitarist Al Di Meola for a reunion gig of their mid-70s fusion behemoth Return to Forever a few years ago, the results were perfunctory rather than progressive. All of the expected chops were there, but the cutting edge was largely absent. Cynics may well cock a snook at this venture which showcases the triumvirate within that group – Corea, Clarke and White – yet it would be unfair for fusionphobes to rush to judgment.

For a start, this is a two-CD set that shows that, for all of their desire to wade into the choppy waters of electric jazz-rock, Corea et al were very much anchored in hard-swinging acoustic bebop, which is highlighted by tracks recorded live at venues such as Yoshi’s in California. As one would expect, musicians with 50-something years of playing experience flex their muscles quite gleefully on standards such as Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby and Monk’s Hackensack, where the soloing, interplay and split-second timing amid high-tempo exchanges of ideas are masterful. However, things become perhaps more interesting when the trio reprises Corea’s No Mystery, an acoustic piece originally recorded right in the middle of RTF’s electric saturnalia. The music is just as powerful, regardless of the absence of a battery of synthesizers and wah wah pedals, primarily because Clarke has a huge, robust tone that lends as much backbone to the ensemble sound as would be the case were any guitars and keys involved.

Disc two consolidates the electro-acoustic continuum by augmenting the trio with skilled RTF alumnus, guitarist Bill Connors as well as ex-Frank Zappa violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. The improvisations don’t lack any bite, but the arrangements just feel too telegraphic, showcasing one guest after another; the end result is much less engaging than the trio, possibly because the Corea-Clarke-White core is so cohesive. Soul diva Chaka Khan, who recorded with the trio back in the 80s, makes a welcome appearance on a charming Corea original High Wire – The Aerialist and the Gershwin evergreen I Loves You Porgy.

--Kevin Le Gendre

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Terrar on 20 May 2011
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Lenny White's straightforward, no nonsense production, along with some masterfully accurate live and studio recording has captured Corea, Clarke, White (and friends) at their best. Forever highlights the communication, coherence and musical bonds that 40 years of playing jazz together can bring to standards or fusion classics. Disc 1 and the last track on Disk 2 showcase the trio's 2009 tour. Live trio recordings of jazz standards and reinterpretations from all 3 of the Return To Forever incarnations. Chic's piano is at it's fluid best, Stanley's bass tone and swing is as musical as it gets, and Lenny's drumming is as tight and imaginative as ever. I started to list out the highlights and found I was referencing every track. Whether it is On Green Dolphin Street, Waltz for Debby, or No Mystery, these are great, great versions with delightful solos, but they are trio interpretations - a team of 3 connected in thought, not just great individual musicians (which they are too). Clarke's La Canción De Sophia is a beautiful composition. You'll love it all.

Most of disc 2 is taken from rehearsals at Mad Hatter studios for one of the tour shows that would have guest appearances from Bill Connors, Jean-Luc Ponty and Chaka Khan. They are "live" in the studio, mostly one take versions, with some banter captured on the intros and outros. Although there is a transition to electric instruments, it's a natural progression from the acoustic trio, without any prominent synthesizer on show. Connors and Ponty show the stepping stone towards RTF IV, currently touring where Frank Gambale replaces Connors, who apparently doesn't leave California. Chaka Khan's jazz voice is an excellent instrument added to Chic's High Wire and Gershwin's I Loves You Porgy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 7 Jun. 2011
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This is a welcome addition to any Chick Corea collection. The Corea, Clarke, White trio is just brilliant; group of musicians who are almost telepathic in their mutual understanding of the music. Disc carries a seamless atmosphere through a range of material from On Green Dolphin Street through No Mystery to Senior Mouse. Disc 2 introduces some Return to Forever alumni such as Bill Connors as well as the rather under rated Chaka Khan. For those of us that only really know Ms Khan as the singer of I'm Every Woman there is so much more to her that this check out Echoes of An Era which showcases her with this band along with Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard.

The BBC review of this album dismisses 2009s Returns but I would argue that Kevin Le Gendre is just wrong; he displays all the features of someone who remains prejudices against electric fusion jazz.

This album is a must have for any Chick Corea fan. Also check out Children Of Forever
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By D. Seddon on 5 Nov. 2011
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Personnel: Chick Corea- keys, Stanley Clarke- basses, Lenny White- drums w/Jean-Luc Ponty- violin, Bill Connors- el. guitar, Chaka Khan- voice

So the Forever mythos has come full circle & back to it's acoustic roots, I never get bored of getting lost in recordings of jazz musicians of the late 1960s playing prog-rock & funk influenced music at turn of the seventies. With 'Forever' 3 of the main components of this practice provide us with a disc of 'where it all began' & a disc of where it led too, that tension filled melting pot of creativity: acoustic jazzers discovering new electronic gizmos & running wild with their imaginations. Whether the reasons were commercial or not, at the eye of the storm this period has provided us with interesting sometimes awkward sounding music but ultimately never boring! As a whole package 'Forever' is a far more fascinating & thought provoking document than the recently issued live recordings of the Return to Forever reunion shows. It shares many of the same tunes as Chick's last retrospective outing with Gary Burton 'the New Crystal Silence' & the two would make great companion pieces. It's fascinating to compare how Chick approaches the tunes in the two different settings, especially when you consider that Chick's creative partnership with Gary Burton was forged at a similar time to his working relationship with Stanley Clarke. 'Forever' also shares 'the New Crystals..' crisp, clear & rounded sound.

Disc 1 then is an all-acoustic trio setting & the main event. It has a rawness that Chick seems to have lost since his early acoustic trio's & first forays into fusion & the overall result is absolutely marvellous.
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By Maradominic on 22 Jan. 2015
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Amazing performances from a great band. if you like like RTF you will not be disappointed
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A gem for someone who wasn't able to see the band live 10 Jun. 2011
By Matthew Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After touring with a reconstituted Return to Forever, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White decided that they so enjoyed playing together as a rhythm section that they should tour as their own trio. At every step of the way and at every gig, they recorded the band and the result is here in the form of this great two cd set. The first cd comes from a handful of live gigs, mostly from a gig at Yoshi's in the first leg of the tour but with a track or two from other dates. The second cd (with the exception of the last track recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival) comes from pre-tour rehearsals recorded at Mad Hatter Studio and includes guestwork by original Return to Forever guitarist Bill Connors, Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and vocalist Chaka Khan.

We have here a trio in fine form that feels equally at home in standards or originals. They are clearly having fun with every track and always trying to put some new spin on an old classic from the Corea songbook, such as the driving acoustic version of 'Senor Mouse' that concludes disc one. We also have the trio's take on a few standards, "Green Dolphin Street", "Waltz for Debby" and, may favorite on the album, Thelonious Monk's "Hackensack" (Chick's takes of Monk are always filled with a sense of impish glee that's a real joy). Another highlight is a new tune, Clarke's "La Cancion De Sofia", which also contains an impressive and lyrical extended bass solo from Stanley himself.

The second disc is also not without its fair share of wonders, including a great romp through original Return to Forever song "Captain Marvel", which I've always felt is criminally underplayed. We're also treated to a second version of 'Senor Mouse', this time with Chick on Rhodes and the original guitarist for Return to Forever sitting. Also Jean-Luc Ponty steps in for a song or two, including the great latin "Armando's Rhumba". The latter half of the disc is spoiled somewhat for me by the presence of Chaka Khan, a jazz vocalist I think sounds kind of tacky, but for the wealth of great music already had, I can forgive the second disc (and besides, even jazz vocals are greatly appreciated by some).

This set has some great music in it. If you're a fan of Chick, it's hard to imagine you'll be disappointed.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a must hear - for everybody (not just RTF fans...) 18 Jun. 2011
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not going to go into long details about every track, etc.
But this is just terrific! White supports perfectly, and Corea and Clarke are just outstanding! Beautiful playing/soloing/interpretation! I don't know when Clarke has played such beautiful solos, simply moving.
A plus - the sound quality for live is fabulous.
Then CD 2 - again, terrific! Ponty and Khan are brilliant!!

Highest recommendation for this! Wonderful jazz!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Corea, Clarke & White Make Great Recording". 8 Jun. 2011
By M. Mariba - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing 2 CD release by the trio of Chick Corea (17 Grammy Award winner pianist/composer), Stanley Clarke (bassist) & Lenny White (drummer) titled 'Forever'. Disc 1 (8 fairly long tracks) was recorded live during 'RTF-Unplugged' 2009 world tour (reworked music in acoustic setting), its sound so good that it could easily be mistaken for a studio recording. The result is a great jazz-rock fusion sound produced by these talented jazz masters at work. Stand-outs are "On Green Dolphin Street" (great piano), "Waltz For Debby", "Bud Powell", "La Cancio'n de Sophia" (wonderful piano, violin & melody. This is my favourite track from this CD) & "Senor Mouse". Disc 2 (10 standard length tracks) is a bonus CD. Stands-outs include "Armando's Rhumba", "Renaissance" (saxophone infused track with a great violin), "High Wire - The Aerialist" (great vocals), "I Love You Porgy" (a wonderful slow track with beautiful vocals. This my favourite from this CD) & "After The Rain". On overall, Corea, Clarke & White display great musicianship in this great release, a highly recommended 2 CD listening.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
These guys still have it! 26 Nov. 2012
By Jeff B. - Published on Amazon.com
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For my money, this is probably the best jazz album of the last ten years. I am biased because I was a big fan of Return to Forever, back in the day. (The Romantic Warrior is my fav jazz album of all time). This album delights and surprises with some new twists on older tunes, and for me, adding Jean Luc Ponty is a BIG plus. His violin work, along with Chick Corea on Piano? Wow! I highly recommend this album, and it gets better as you go deeper into the tracks (I like the last few tracks best). If you liked RTF, as I did/do, this is a modern update of that greatest of prog jazz super-groups. Highly recommend!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Forever 21 Sept. 2011
By Franklin Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
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It almost brings tears to your eyes listening to how well these guys play together. I have watched them live over 30 years ago and they just keep getting better. The difference between the acoustic set and electric set shows they are masters of both formats. I never get tired of listening to them.
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