ChiCK Corea

Re­turn To For­ever (ECM 1022)

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Chick Corea was a pi­o­neer of jazz fu­sion, which es­chewed tra­di­tional in­stru­men­ta­tion and in­te­grated jazz im­pro­vi­sa­tion and har­mony with R&B, funk and rock while at the same time ex­plor­ing unique chord pro­gres­sions, rhythms and un­usual coun­ter­points. Re­turn To For­ever fea­tures Joe Far­rell (wood­winds), Stan­ley Clark (bass), Airto Mor­eira (drums, per­cus­sion) and Flora Purim (vo­cals). It has Corea com­po­si­tions that show­case the Fen­der Rhodes. The opener be­gins with a pul­sat­ing run by Corea, who is joined on the sec­ond line by Purim (vo­calise) with Far­rell com­ing in on flute, then Clark and fi­nally Mor­eira. This grad­ual lay­er­ing then tran­si­tions to a swing­ing Latin-rock jam with tight rhyth­mic elec­tric pi­ano riffs and airy flute ac­cents. ECM has done its cus­tom­ary su­perla­tive job in pro­duc­ing this re­mas­tered vinyl up­grade. Rob­bie Ger­son

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