In its 40th anniversary season, ECM re-releases six classic albums - all perennial bestsellers - in 180grams audiophile vinyl. Some have been available on lesser quality vinyl but these new high-end versions will now be the only LP recordings of these seminal recordings on the market. The first is 'Return to Forever', Chick Corea's original record with his ground-breaking fusion band and a must-have album that is essential listening for any respectable jazz lover.
Personnel: Chick Corea (electric piano), Joe Farrell (flutes, soprano saxophone), Flora Purim (vocal, percussion), Stanley Clarke (basses), Airto Moreira (drums, percussion)
The soul of fusion lies not in a barrage of note clusters pushed through overdriven amplifiers, but in the arresting beauty of Return to Forever
's lucid vision--music without boundaries. The stunningly virtuosic pianist Chick Corea had already come through an exploration of free jazz with Circle
, a tutelage in the Miles Davis Academy of New Electric Music and a soul-search with "Piano Improvisations" when he arrived at perhaps his most brilliant conception yet. Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke fly through the proceedings, supporting Joe Farrell's flute and soprano sax playing that may have been the performance of his life. Flora Purim's vocals and Airto Moreira's drums and percussion contribute discretely to the music's serenity... --John Swenson