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Forever

16 May 2011

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2011
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Forever Unlimited Inc. Issued under exclusive license to Concord Music Group Inc.
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  • Total Length: 2:18:46
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  • ASIN: B004Q5MTZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,010 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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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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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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