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This double-disc set documents Return to Forever's unplugged tour of 2009. Its 19 tracks consist mainly of rearranged RTF tunes and jazz standards for piano trio, though there are wonderful surprises on disc two. Disc one is taken directly from concert appearances across the globe. The standards work well -- considering how busy Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White can be together as well as solo. "On Green Dolphin Street," "Waltz for Debby," and "Hackensack" all swing, though they do feature moments of RTF's requisite knotty counterpoint. Originals include Clarke's new tune, the beautiful "La Canción de Sophia," as well as "Bud Powell" and "Windows" from two Corea solo recordings, and "Señor Mouse" and "No Mystery," both RTF tunes, round it out. The small complaint is that these three play so stridently and "perfectly" that they sound more like a studio band instead of a quick-thinking live unit. Everything is exceptionally played and recorded. The gems are saved for disc two, which consists mainly of rehearsals for the tour recorded at Mad Hatter Studios in San Francisco, complete with off-mike banter. Corea dons his Rhodes and other keyboards for an excellent version of "Captain Marvel" and a fully fused-out "Señor Mouse," "Space Circus," and "After the Rain," all with original RTF guitarist Bill Connors playing his ass off with his former and future bandmates (Frank Gambale will assume guitar duties on tour). Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty will also join the new band formally in 2012, and he begins in that role here, appearing on "Armando's Rhumba" (he played on the original off Corea's My Spanish Heart LP), his own "Renaissance," a fine rendition of "I Loves You, Porgy" (one of two tunes with Chaka Khan on vocals), "After the Cosmic Rain," and "Space Circus." The other two surprises on disc two are a very soulful duet between Corea (on acoustic piano) and White on John Coltrane's "Crescent" and a stellar acoustic trio version of RTF's standard "500 Miles High," which was recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival and contains plenty of fire. With its looseness, this second disc offers the real dynamic potential for RTF in the future and reveals the depth of near symbiotic communication between the bandmembers.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072326279
catalogNumber: 32627
Rank: 58259

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Armando Anthony Corea   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Bill Connors   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jean-Luc Ponty   Violin,Guest Appearance
Lenny White   Drums
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stanley Clarke   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Jean-Luc Ponty   Composer
Lenny White   Producer
Stanley Clarke   Producer
John Coltrane   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Bill Rooney   Liner Notes,Management
Dan Muse   Liner Note Coordination
Chandra Lorentzen   Studio Manager

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