Chick Corea
Return To Forever

ECM Records

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Return to Forever is a jazz fusion album by Chick Corea, simultaneously functioning as the debut album by the band of the same name. Unlike later albums by the group, it was released by the ECM label and produced by Manfred Eicher. The album was not released in the USA until 1975. The record is often considered one of the classic albums in electric jazz. - Wiki

“One can hardly listen to Return To Forever without first noting its distinctive mesh of sound. Stan Clarke keeps things running smoothly on bass, and Brazilian jazz singer Flora Purim gives us evocative (sometimes wordless) vocals throughout while her husband Airto Moreira provides ample rhythmic springboards for Corea’s electric piano acrobatics and Joe Farrell’s windy passages on sax and flute. Each instrument is like a voice in a small choir, and the album has been recorded accordingly. Certain passages, like the well-known “Crystal Silence,” dim the lights with a more trio-like aesthetic, but overall the sound is vast and unified. “What Game Shall We Play Today” puts the spotlight on Purim and is a lovingly arranged song that adds just the right amount of color to the album’s palette. Bookending the album are two epic pieces. The opening title track is actually a series of shorter numbers that flow into one another with such continuity that one almost doesn’t notice the pauses, and closes with some impassioned ad-libbing from Purim. At the other end of the spectrum is “La Fiesta” which, after an improvisatory intro, once again features Purim at the helm, leading the way for some inspired solos from Farrell and Corea.” - ECM Reviews

Featured artists on the album:

  • Chick Corea - Electric Piano
  • Joe Farrell  - Flutes, Soprano Saxophone
  • Flora Purim  - Vocals, Percussion
  • Stan Clarke  - Electric Bass, Double-Bass
  • Airto Moreira - Drums, Percussion

Item description:


Chick Corea


Return To Forever


ECM Records


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g



Release Date:

This reissue: 2010 | Original - 1972




Fusion, Latin Jazz

Catalog No:

ECM 1022 ST