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Forever

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny WhiteAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B004FRP4RS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. Waltz for Debby
3. Bud Powell
4. La Canción de Sophia
5. Windows
6. Hackensack
7. No Mystery [Version]
8. Señor Mouse
Disc: 2
1. Captain Marvel
2. Señor Mouse
3. Crescent
4. Armando's Rhumba
5. Renaissance
6. High Wire - The Aerialist
7. I Loves You Porgy
8. After the Cosmic Rain
9. Space Circus
10. 500 Miles High

Editorial Reviews

These three Return to Forever mates reunite for two discs' worth of brand-new recordings-with special guests Chaka Khan, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Connors! They shift from electric fusion to acoustic jazz, breathing new life into On Green Dolphin Street; Windows; Waltz for Debby; Crescent; I Loves Your Porgy; Hackensack; Se+Ýor Mouse; After the Cosmic Rain; Armando's Rhumba; No Mystery , and more.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After touring with a reconstituted Return to Forever, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White decided that they so enjoyed playing together as a rhythm section that they should tour as their own trio. At every step of the way and at every gig, they recorded the band and the result is here in the form of this great two cd set. The first cd comes from a handful of live gigs, mostly from a gig at Yoshi's in the first leg of the tour but with a track or two from other dates. The second cd (with the exception of the last track recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival) comes from pre-tour rehearsals recorded at Mad Hatter Studio and includes guestwork by original Return to Forever guitarist Bill Connors, Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and vocalist Chaka Khan.

We have here a trio in fine form that feels equally at home in standards or originals. They are clearly having fun with every track and always trying to put some new spin on an old classic from the Corea songbook, such as the driving acoustic version of 'Senor Mouse' that concludes disc one. We also have the trio's take on a few standards, "Green Dolphin Street", "Waltz for Debby" and, may favorite on the album, Thelonious Monk's "Hackensack" (Chick's takes of Monk are always filled with a sense of impish glee that's a real joy). Another highlight is a new tune, Clarke's "La Cancion De Sofia", which also contains an impressive and lyrical extended bass solo from Stanley himself.

The second disc is also not without its fair share of wonders, including a great romp through original Return to Forever song "Captain Marvel", which I've always felt is criminally underplayed. We're also treated to a second version of 'Senor Mouse', this time with Chick on Rhodes and the original guitarist for Return to Forever sitting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must hear - for everybody (not just RTF fans...) June 18, 2011
By JT
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to go into long details about every track, etc.
But this is just terrific! White supports perfectly, and Corea and Clarke are just outstanding! Beautiful playing/soloing/interpretation! I don't know when Clarke has played such beautiful solos, simply moving.
A plus - the sound quality for live is fabulous.
Then CD 2 - again, terrific! Ponty and Khan are brilliant!!

Highest recommendation for this! Wonderful jazz!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Corea, Clarke & White Make Great Recording". June 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing 2 CD release by the trio of Chick Corea (17 Grammy Award winner pianist/composer), Stanley Clarke (bassist) & Lenny White (drummer) titled 'Forever'. Disc 1 (8 fairly long tracks) was recorded live during 'RTF-Unplugged' 2009 world tour (reworked music in acoustic setting), its sound so good that it could easily be mistaken for a studio recording. The result is a great jazz-rock fusion sound produced by these talented jazz masters at work. Stand-outs are "On Green Dolphin Street" (great piano), "Waltz For Debby", "Bud Powell", "La Cancio'n de Sophia" (wonderful piano, violin & melody. This is my favourite track from this CD) & "Senor Mouse". Disc 2 (10 standard length tracks) is a bonus CD. Stands-outs include "Armando's Rhumba", "Renaissance" (saxophone infused track with a great violin), "High Wire - The Aerialist" (great vocals), "I Love You Porgy" (a wonderful slow track with beautiful vocals. This my favourite from this CD) & "After The Rain". On overall, Corea, Clarke & White display great musicianship in this great release, a highly recommended 2 CD listening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys still have it! November 26, 2012
By Jeff B.
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For my money, this is probably the best jazz album of the last ten years. I am biased because I was a big fan of Return to Forever, back in the day. (The Romantic Warrior is my fav jazz album of all time). This album delights and surprises with some new twists on older tunes, and for me, adding Jean Luc Ponty is a BIG plus. His violin work, along with Chick Corea on Piano? Wow! I highly recommend this album, and it gets better as you go deeper into the tracks (I like the last few tracks best). If you liked RTF, as I did/do, this is a modern update of that greatest of prog jazz super-groups. Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever September 21, 2011
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It almost brings tears to your eyes listening to how well these guys play together. I have watched them live over 30 years ago and they just keep getting better. The difference between the acoustic set and electric set shows they are masters of both formats. I never get tired of listening to them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both discs are great! September 13, 2011
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The first disc with the trio is excellent. Some jazz magazine reviews described the second disc as a rehearsal with bad sound..not true. The second disc is great music, with some great playing from Jean Luc Ponty and Bill Connors. I'm not a fusion guy, but I loved this whole album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Connors! May 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Just want to add that "Captain Marvel," "Señor Mouse," "Space Circus," and "After the Rain" are performed by the original RTF line-up, including Bill Connors. That's how I saw them (before I'd ever listened to much jazz at all, as an opening act for Focus) back in circa 1973. And Bill (who I think has performed primarily as an acoustic musician since then) really brings it. What a treat. Essential, if only for that, for RTF fans!

ADDENDUM: Before anyone blows a gasket, I want to add that I just checked out Bill Connors body of work and was pleasantly surprised to learn that he released a bunch of fusion albums in the 80s and perhaps beyond. I just ordered three of 'em!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Times Past
The trio returns to play jazz standards, their own compositions and one of the CD's is the jazz/fusion (with original guitarist I believe) that came out during the Return to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patrick Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
This was a great find! Excellent versions and a very fine overview of some of Chick Corea's best work over the years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bill Woodson
5.0 out of 5 stars RTF one of my favorite Jazz bands ever!!
Chick, Stanley, Lenny, some of the best Jazz players ever! I love Return to Forever always and have seen them often in my life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gregg Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever
Forever. Chick, Stanley White just loved it good to see the crew back sorry not to see Al Di Meola. Great music
Published 14 months ago by R. Daniels
1.0 out of 5 stars The Same Old in New Packaging
Does CC have no imagination left or why else has he to re-release the same songs over and over again? It is a swindle.
Published 21 months ago by YukonKid
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever CD with Chick Corea, Clarke and White
Delivery was weeks before the estimated time of arrival which was awesome!
And the CD itself came with 2 in one and was INCREDIBLE! Read more
Published 21 months ago by sebastien
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to hear to Hear Chic's Standards
It was great to hear Chic & Stanley again they had the same old zest, As for Lenny White, a bass drum sound from the 40's and as a player who plays like he's 100 years old.
Published 21 months ago by Denn Ondrums
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Captured in a Live Setting
Chick, & Stanley are extreme musicians. The sound is superb and illustrates their artistry to the truess form. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John W. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
well, corea is fantastic, stanley clarke, the whole band. it is accesible, not too fusiony. i think it's just great, across a broad spectrum. get it.
Published on September 25, 2012 by single dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick's legacy?
This is a must-have for any real jazz lover. Chick Corea, now almost 71, rises to a completely new level of wisdom, clarity, and connectedness with the universe. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by Alexei Kireyev
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