Pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White have teamed up once again to revisit their common roots in the seminal fusion band Return to Forever. On June 7, 2011, Concord Jazz released Forever, a two-CD set of 18 tunes that include updated RTF classics as well as jazz trio standards. In support of the release, a tour is planned for next summer.
This very attractive five-CD set does an excellent job of summing up the rather productive career of pianist-keyboardist Chick Corea. The first two discs have highlights from the 1964-1982 period including a few sideman appearances, a previously unissued version of "Windows" played with Stan Getz, the original version of "Spain," four pieces from the Return to Forever days, and numbers from his freelance projects of the late '70s (highlighted by the exciting "Central Park"). The third disc concentrates on Corea's GRP projects (1986-1994), particularly his Elektric and Akoustic Bands (two selections were previously unissued), while the fourth CD is quite a grab-bag that includes collaborations with Herbie Hancock (a version of "Liza" that progresses from stride to free), Gayle Moran, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia, Gary Burton, Bobby McFerrin, and Miles Davis (a new duet version of "I Fall in Love So Easily" from 1969).
Musicmagic is Return to Forever's seventh and final studio album and one of the best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the previous recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Corea's future wife Gayle Moran and the surprisingly enjoyable Stanley Clarke. This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer five-piece horn section…
Return to Forever Live (and Return to Forever Live: The Complete Concert) is the final album by fusion band Return to Forever. It was recorded live at the Palladium in New York City on May 20 and 21 1977 as part of the Musicmagic tour to support the album of the same name. This was the only tour to feature the Musicmagic lineup, which included original members Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Joe Farrell, along with newly added member Gayle Moran on piano and a six-piece horn section.
This album features Stanley Clarke, who needs little introduction. After working with Dexter Gordon, Gil Evans, Pharoah Sanders and Stan Getz his career took off when he formed the legendary Return to Forever band with Chick Corea. Patrice Rushen is a multi-Grammy-nominated artist. Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler has performed with Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis and recorded with George Duke, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Thelonious Monk, The Crusaders and others.
“Listening to my ECM recordings has been an adventure into some of my most memorable musical past,” says Chick Corea, whose anthology features the enormously influential Return To Forever band, the enduring piano/vibes duo with Gary Burton, and the Corea, Miroslav Vitous, Roy Haynes trio, another long-running combination, heard with spontaneous improvisations as well as spirited renditions of Thelonious Monk tunes and standards.