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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.13 | 244 ratings

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4 stars Classic RTF album with their best ever line-up and most representative sound.

I really love RTV debut (or, to be more correct - Chic Corea's solo album "Return To Forever", which is often counted as RTF debut) for excellent atmosphere of Latin jazz, Airto Moreiro percussion and Flora Purim voice. But, after one more album of similar (but not so original) music, RTF became a hot driven jazz-rock band. With quite different line-up and very different music. This album is second word of RTF MKII. And if their first previous album was radical change in style and almost revolution in sound, this one is more matured, better played and more technically competent work.

Even if Chick's keyboards sound is still very important component, newcomer guitarist Al Di Meola brings his extremely fast and energetic guitar there. Lenny White and Stanley Clarke both are excellent there, so you have very competent excellent work of almost all-stars team.

Compositions are enough different, musicians interplay is of a highest level. You will hardly find more technically excellent team. Absolute classic of style from mid 70-s.

(As personally for me, I would like to hear more soul in their sound there to be able to name this album excellent). But 4,5 ? for sure!

snobb | 4/5 |


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