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Return To Forever @ Ottawa Jazz Festival 27June08

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Topic: Return To Forever @ Ottawa Jazz Festival 27June08
Posted By: OzzProg
Subject: Return To Forever @ Ottawa Jazz Festival 27June08
Date Posted: June 27 2008 at 12:48
Man, what a reunion: Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White... WHOO!!!!

Last night, June 27th, Return To Forever played an outdoor show in a park in Ottawa, for the Jazz fest. It was only 30$ to get in, and it was the best 30$ i have ever spent... There were no chairs, just find a spot closest to the stage. I was lucky enough to get about 100 feet back, although I was standing on the side (regardless it was awesome!).

All the musicians were playing to their maximum capabilities, with a true jazz/rock fusion passion. They began the concert by playing some RTF favourites, then after a two or three songs, they all switched to their signature brand "acoustic"  instruments.  After the switch, each member performed a mind boggling solo; Al Di Meola did what he usually does best, a blazing fast acoustic bombardment. After that Stanley Clarke performed my favourite part of the show, an amazing classic upright Bass solo, that lasted in between 15-25 minutes long (i lost track of time during this one). And of course Chick did little jazzy solos every now and then, to get the crowd roaring. Lenny White also performed immaculately...

This concert was the best one I've been to for a while, the musicians were having a blast, and so was the crowd. 30$ for RTF... Big%20smile

I'm going to try and catch them in Montreal again tonight, but I think its sold out Cry (and 100$)


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Posted By: Rivertree
Date Posted: July 18 2008 at 03:51
It must have been really impressing!

I missed to go for a ticket for the Essen/Germany show Angry





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Posted By: Tuzvihar
Date Posted: July 18 2008 at 12:11
I attended their gig in Warsaw on 4 July (with my friend member_profile.asp?PF=47 - lucas ):



and it was indeed a great performance (albeit quite expensive...)!

Originally posted by OzzProg OzzProg wrote:

All the musicians were playing to their maximum capabilities, with a true jazz/rock fusion passion. They began the concert by playing some RTF favourites, then after a two or three songs, they all switched to their signature brand "acoustic"  instruments.  After the switch, each member performed a mind boggling solo; Al Di Meola did what he usually does best, a blazing fast acoustic bombardment. After that Stanley Clarke performed my favourite part of the show, an amazing classic upright Bass solo, that lasted in between 15-25 minutes long (i lost track of time during this one). And of course Chick did little jazzy solos every now and then, to get the crowd roaring. Lenny White also performed immaculately...

Well, that description applies to the Warsaw gig too. I remember especially Stanley Clarke's double-bass solo - man, that was amazing! Clap


I also saw John McLaughlin in May (which was even more expensive...) with his 4th Dimension Band. That was a good show too!


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Posted By: NutterAlert
Date Posted: July 22 2008 at 05:29
I've come out of reitrement simply to say that I saw RTF in London last night and they were f**king fantastic, virtuosity at its very best.

a MAN band indeed.

bye..


Posted By: darksideof
Date Posted: August 04 2008 at 10:23

they gonna be in NYC on friday and their ticket are from $60 to  $150.00Cry



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Posted By: peskypesky
Date Posted: August 07 2008 at 22:29
Originally posted by darksideof darksideof wrote:

they gonna be in NYC on friday and their ticket are from $60 to  $150.00Cry



Tell me about it! I had to pass on seeing RTF, as I'd already splurged on tix to see King Crimson next week.

I saw McLaughlin with his new band when they came through NYC and was a bit underwhelmed. Great players, no doubt, but they just seemed a tad off that night.


Posted By: thz lzzz
Date Posted: September 22 2008 at 09:57
haha i forgot about that, man band...
 
mature like the best cheese, funky as the mouldiest vein.
 
probably the best gig i have ever had the pleasure of attending.
 
please god let them do another album!


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Posted By: Intruder
Date Posted: October 09 2008 at 03:11
Any other reviews from the tour....would love to hear about the highlights of some shows and some set lists?  I was in the States over the summer but unfortunately had to pass....tickets were just waaaaay to much for the east coast shows.  RTF is a band you want to experience up close so you can feel a part of the whole.  It just isn't worth $60 to stare at a megascreen from 300 feet away, and I can't afford the $250 for good seats.
 
Good on the guy earlier in the thread who got $30 seats at a festival.....hopefully it won't be the last chance to catch these guys together.
 
 


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