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Return to Forever (1972)
Chick Corea

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User Rating: 5 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Thomas Nydén <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  This is the first Return To Forever album, and in my opinion the best. From the beginning to the end itīs an exciting, energizing and dynamic journey of an fantastic ensemble consisting of Chick, Stanley Clarke and Flora Purim. Itīs a must.

Name:  dr funk <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  after 'light as a feather', this is a must-have rhodes album. chick yet again proves why he is the divine deing incarnated as rhodes-playing human. how i love thee, oh chick the mighty.

Name:  MooT BooXLe <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  This record forever changed the way I played keyboard instruments, and when I got my first Rhodes, it was almost as if listening to and emulating Chick Corea's playing had made my style fit the instrument. I feel so comfortable playing a Rhodes, and I feel that I owe so much of that to Chick and this record. Everyone who is interested in early pioneers of a sound and style we now take for granted should DEFINITELY give this a listen. Just imagine trying to play this stuff on an early model Rhodes without the key pedestal improvements! Wow!

Name:  James Cawlfield <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  I was introduced to Light As A Feather in college (almost twenty years ago) and although I liked the latin-tinged, breezy tunes, I found it a difficult album to get into at the time. So, although I have had it (on vinyl) in my collection ever since those days, it had remained mostly untouched. Until recently.

I was listening to a jazz station in San Francisco over the internet and they played "You're Everything." I was immediately captivated by the beautiful Rhodes sound and just fell in love with that song for the first time ever. I wasn't sure, but it sounded like a "Light As A Feather" sort of tune, so I dug out my LP and was pleased to discover that it was indeed part of that album. So I gave the whole album another listen.

F***ing Awesome only begins to describe how impressed (no; blown away!) I was by what I heard. After several days of repeated listens, I broke out my Real Books and sat down at the Rhodes and started running through some of the tunes. (More like stumbling through; this stuff is no "lite" jazz as some have mislabeled it.) Then I discovered that there was this other album made that included the same players. I had to have it.

So last night I took it for a spin. Wow! Some of the finest, most creative Rhodes playing I've ever heard. I am so in awe of not only his playing, but of the way he incorporates the vibrato and volume controls as a part of his performance. He creatively plays the entire instrument; not just the keyboard. Absolutely beautiful, other-worldly music. All performers are top-notch. Ignore reviewers on Amazon and other such sites who diss Flora Purim's vocals (mostly regarding her work on Light As A Feather); she is sublime. Careful listening to her vocals on this album and on "Feather" reveal a vocalist very much in control of every sound she makes. Being so used to the vocals on "Feather," it was quite a stunning surprise to hear her go into more mystical territories on this album, including some primal and gutteral sounds that send chills all over me.

Also, it's such a relief to finally hear somebody play a soprano sax as beautifully and poetically as Joe Farrell does on Crystal Silence. (Kenny G. should forever wither in shame after all he's done to an instrument that is capable of making such beautiful music as Farrell clearly demonstrates here.)

I found this album to be a lovely bridge from Corea's work with Miles Davis. The tone of the album is quite reminiscent of Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way. At the same time, I can hear Corea playing with ideas that seem to lead directly into "Feather" - particularly with regard to
"Spain" and "You're Everything." I found myself longing to listen to "Feather" after "La Fiesta" was over. (So I did!)

I now feel like I have just discovered this awesome new sound, even though it's all over thirty years old. How cool is that!

Name:  joshua ariz
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  This album is undescribable. The rhodes playing which chick does blows my mind. He uses his vibrato so nicely the vocals are so sweet yet mysterious and this album sends me into a spiritual mood! All the musicians on the album are incredible, vocals=excelent control, screaming, heaving breathing, and sweet melodies. Sax/flute=extraordinary talent!. Drums= out of this world. Rhodes+chick corea= heaven on earth! Thanks chick!

Name:  Sandor Nozdroviczky
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  One of the best!

Name:  John Dube
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Still have the 12" vinyl disk