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|Chick Corea||Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano|
|Airto Moreira||Percussion, Drums, Snare Drums|
|Stanley Clarke||Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Double Bass|
|Joe Farrell||Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone|
|Flora Purim||Percussion, Vocals|
|Neville Potter||Composer, Lyricist|
|Michael Manoogian||Cover Photo|
Posted October 1, 2010
Chick Corea/Return to Forever Released prior to his more familiar synth-laden jazz fusion offerings, this vibrant recording features Corea exclusively utilizing the electric piano to produce a quietly joyful sound. The title track starts quietly with soft e. piano cadences, joined by Airto Moreira’s innovative percussion. Flora Purim, at the peak of her vocal abilities, insinuates herself into the mix, using her elegant voice as an instrument, segueing into a Joe Farrell flute solo. The song diminishes and slows back to a Corea solo, then speeds into an effective blend of keyboard chords and Stanley Clarke’s melodic driving bass. “Crystal Silence” features Farrell’s delicate soprano sax. “What Game Shall We Play” features words by Corea’s longtime lyricist Neville Potter, which are brightly sung by Purim with a decidedly upbeat Latin edge. “Sometime Ago-LaFiesta” spotlights each member of this extremely gifted band as they start out in a wistful ballad moving into a musical rendering of a Spanish Festival. Recorded in February, 1972 for ECM records, “Return to Forever” was produced by Manfred EicherWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
About five years ago, I bought this album on tape for $2.00 in a bargain rack. It was so amazing that I ordered the cd for for the cd player. This album shouldn't be over analized... just listened to. The music is one of the only pure "fusion" albums made in the seventies... no extremes in sonic sound high or low... just a yin and yang of perfect melodies and solid bass and rhythem. This is an album to buy if you are into jazz fusion, or if you just like dreamy music with beauitful loose lyrics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.