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Interview

Return to Forever: Back, Bold and Badass

Read "Return to Forever: Back, Bold and Badass" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


This article was first published at All About Jazz in June 2008. The word has long been out and the 2008 reunion tour of Return to Forever, one of the standard bearers of the jazz-rock fusion movement of the 1970s, is well on its way. Intricate, emotive and—yes—loud music that hasn't really been heard from the band in some 32 years, is being played and enjoyed live once again. With great vigor, to say the least. The tour ...

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Extended Analysis

Return to Forever: The Mothership Returns

Read "Return to Forever: The Mothership Returns" reviewed by John Kelman


Return to Forever The Mothership Returns Eagle Rock Entertainment 2012 When keyboardist Chick Corea announced--following a successful world tour of his reunited 1970s-era fusion juggernaut Return to Forever, which, featuring guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White, included a high octane 2008 performance that was one of the best-attended in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival's three-decade history--that he'd be reuniting the earlier incarnation of the group responsible for Hymn of the ...

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Film Review

Return To Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux 2008

Read "Return To Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux 2008" reviewed by John Kelman


Return to Forever Returns: Live at Montreux 2008 Eagle Eye Media 2009 With one of the most successful tours of 2008 behind it--and the two-CD set Returns (Eagle Records, 2009) released to document the event--the reunion of fusion powerhouse Return to Forever-- keyboardist Chick Corea, guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White--appeared to be over. No surprise, however, that the group's triumphant performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival was also recorded, ...

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Album Review

Return to Forever: Returns

Read "Returns" reviewed by Doug Collette


The reunion of jazz-rock fusion pioneer Return to Forever was a much-ballyhooed event before, during and after it took place in 2008. As captured on the double-CD Returns, it's easy to see why it attracted old school fusion fans plus prog music aficionados of all ages.

In purely technical terms it is a tour de force. Each man in this group--keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al Di Meola and drummer Lenny White--is a master of his respective instrument, ...

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Album Review

Return to Forever: Returns

Read "Returns" reviewed by John Kelman


Seventies fusion supergroup Return to Forever's reunion and 2008 world tour was one of the year's biggest jazz events. At performances including its Ottawa International Jazz Festival show, the group did more than give a bunch of grays and no-hairs a chance to relive their youth. With a combination of prerequisite testosterone ("This is a man's band," said drummer Lenny White) and some updating to the material, the group proved that its music remains relevant. Returns--a two-CD set that documents ...

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Album Review

Return to Forever: Return to Forever: The Anthology

Read "Return to Forever: The Anthology" reviewed by Tom Greenland


In support of their 2008 reunion tour, Concord Records has released Return to Forever: The Anthology, a selective overview of the quartet's classic 'middle period.' Formed by principal composer/keyboardist Chick Corea, RTF included bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White and guitarists Bill Connors or Al DiMeola. An alumnus of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), inspired by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, as well as Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes, Corea recorded two RTF albums with Clarke (a former compatriot ...

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Album Review

Return to Forever Featuring Chick Corea: Where Have I Known You Before / No Mystery

Read "Where Have I Known You Before / No Mystery" reviewed by John Kelman


With the release of the remixed and remastered Return to Forever: The Anthology (Concord, 2008) fans of the reunited '70s fusion supergroup, touring North American and Europe since late May, including an attendance-breaking June 26 performance at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, were given the chance to hear keyboard icon Chick Corea, guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White more clearly than ever before. With two of the high volume, high intensity group's four discs included ...


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