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Return to Forever was the name of a jazz fusion band founded and led by keyboardist Chick Corea. The band cycled through many members, but the only consistent band mate of Corea’s was bassist Stanley Clarke. Along with Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra, these bands are often seen as the core of jazz fusion music in the 1970s. Several musicians, including Clarke, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Al Di Meola first became well-known through their performances on Return to Forever’s albums.

After playing on Miles Davis’ albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, Corea formed an avant-garde jazz band called Circle with Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul. However in 1972, after becoming a disciple of Scientology, Corea decided that he wanted to “communicate” with the audience. This essentially meant that he wanted to make more commercial music, since avant-garde jazz had a relatively small audience.

The first line-up (1972 - 1973)

The first Return to Forever band played latin-oriented music. The initial band consisted of singer (and occasional percussionist) Flora Purim, her husband Airto Moreira on drums and other percussion, Corea’s longtime musical co-worker Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, and the young bassist Stanley Clarke, who became the only constant member of the band apart from Corea. Especially in this first line-up, Clarke played double bass in addition to electric bass.


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  • reagan0

    First fusion album I ever listened to was Where Have I Known You Before, back in the mid-70s. Still one of my favorite albums.

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    banda louca

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • THXmille138

    legendary band but i hate the nostalgic ignorants

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Best fusion band ever[2] Yes, that happens when you happen to have Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea in the same band.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • godisprog

    Great band... Light years better than todays music. you gotta listen this if you like jazz/fusion

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    This respected group has always sought to extract a diverse and deep sound. They have always been adventurous in the choice of material, and in the philosophical approach to the music. They produce a great impression of a mixture of artistry and power of influence. It makes sense to have them for your own collection.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    I strongly recommend you Niacin

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Redeyexpress

    These guys have some excellent linage..

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Tensegrity17

    No Mystery is an amazing album!

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • HomingLasers

    proto vapor-wave

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • barryvs

    Spanish Fantasy from Live is a really great way to pass 25 minutes.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    I'm gonna see them on 30th of February 2012..NOT.

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nssworld

    Someday I'll tell you are RTF horror story in Feedback Bernie's custom van....

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Fishmonk

    Their music sounds like the score to a Scientologist version of the original star trek.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • idoxcase

    gonna see them in august 1, LAST.FM, Y U NO UPDATE EVENTS

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mrSaxonAcres

    "Vulcan Worlds" is the shit!

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Assedor

    A good fusion of stellar performers!!!!

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • myllenadelima

    Fusion To Forever <3

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • ummanturkoglu

    Illest fusion band ever

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • handztalkin

    THIS SONG ROCKS>>>>> FOREVER & EVER!!!!~!!!!!!!

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
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