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Chick Corea, Return to Forever, Chick Corea & Return to Forever Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: polygram records
  • ASIN: B0000046YK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars light as a feather 17 Aug 2003
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Chick Corea confines himself to Fender Rhodes piano here, no banks of synthesizers, and this is a huge advantage for the Fusion shy listener. In fact this album is an excercise in brazilian influenced beauty, nothing like the bombastic sound of later RTF records. Not to say that this isn't burning- Corea along with Herbie Hancock is THE man on electric piano, and Stanley Clarke and Airto Moreira are a ferocious Rythm section,but its just all so lush, uplifting, gentle etc. Joe Farrell is a great tenor player, but his flute is just awesome- if your idea of flute playing is Herbie Mann, then Joe blows him into a million pieces puts them in an envelope and mails them to a high school marching band, which is as far as Mann should ever have gone.Did i forget Flora? With her charmingly delicate, English with a Portugese accented vocals,she must inevitably be compared with that other Brazilian singer who made it into jazz, but by the time of this recording things had moved along way from "girl from Ipanema", and this is no light Bossa session. Also check out the "new way of thinking" hippie lyrics, I suppose wtitten by Neville Potter, whover he is; I like them, and i like the way we get away from smoky nightclub "Distingue Lovers" type jazz lyrics.
This is "jazz" of the highest order, still closely related to the accoustic post bop world but with some exciting differences. Clarke is playing upright bass, and still walking or playing latin shapes, but the bass is so loud and fat, as though you were sitting right next to him in a little club. Similarly Corea improvises mainly within the traditions, but on electric piano it again makes it all louder and more intense- in fact this must be one of the best records for hearing a Rhodes being put through its paces. Watch for the little bit of wah wah.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! 31 Aug 2010
By Thermos
Format:Audio CD
The original line-up of Chic Corea's Return To Forever, with Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira flourished for an all too brief few months nearly 40 years ago. The name lasted longer with different line-ups but these 5 musicians produced a variant of fusion that was fresh, lyrical and often surprising. This second helping in the recording studio finds them at their best, A number of the tunes had already been worked out during the time that Corea spent with Stan Getz and the confidence shows. Purim's vocals, always tinged with a Brazilian accent soar above a rhythm section that is always solid, never boring. Corea's playing on the Fender Rhodes is as beautiful as anything ever played on the instrument, Clarke plays both double bass and electric bass, while Farrell moves between flute and soprano and tenor saxophones. The programme is varied, highlights being Purim's soaring vocal on "500 Miles High" and the ecstatic ensemble playing on "Spain". Fusion is often formulaic and complacent. This is vital, challenging music. A generous bonus disc of alternative takes shows the evolution of many of the tracks. This is indispensible in any collection of post bop jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best RTF album by some distance 16 Aug 2010
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Totally agree with the other reviewer, this is IMO the best RTF in terms of melody and drive, largely because they kept it simple and melodic at this stage; having completed the original RTF album the same line-up produced a more mature and assured body of work with this album; the title track is a delight by itself. The first 2 albums have. by contrast with the frenetic later work, not aged much at all and are well worth the investment.
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