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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 09:42 AM
1974.....Chick Corea, Aierto Morieira/Lenny White ,Al DiMeola, Stanley Clark. Return to Forever.
Album was released in '72, but not available here till late '74
Man, if you remember when this band hit the radio, and concert scene you were treated to some of the finest, progressive music, well...since the Allman Brothers.
Think of what these musicians went on to do from this point, and the other players they brought along.
Now, they return, and will be touring come 2008. Trust me, If you have never heard of Return to Forever, and you love the Long, Improv, electric jazz (with a melody) style, then check them out.
The musicianship is as good as it get..these guys can play with anyone, and many wouldn't dare try to play with them when they are cooking.
They had Joe Farrel on sax, and flute on some tracks on following albums, Billy Cobham played with them a while. All the great Jazz Fusion musicians came through Chick.
He was like John Mayhall, and Miles Davis...they had to graduate from here before they come move on. Stanley Clark's Bass playing style created a whole new way Bassists played. His solo album when he left Chick "School Day's was groudbreaking.
This news that they will tour is very exciting to me, and to a few others who read this I'm sure!
You puppies out there...check them out!


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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 10:47 AM
Oh yeah... Where Have I Known You Before.....baby...Thanks for the heads up, pup y.
It would be sweet if Zawinul and Jaco were still with us and Weather Report was on the bill, hey why I'm at it throw in Jean Luc Ponty and his band...OK , lets not throw in Jean Luc.
I guess Al was a bit like Derek as far as being out there. Al DiMiola at 17 years old being part of Return To Forever. 17. SEVENTEEN jeez...17 friggin years old and being in Chick Corea's band. with Lenny White and Stanley Friggn Clark. I used to listen to Vulcans Words and try to imagine...' What Would Duane Do ?" Woulda been sweet man.






 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 10:55 AM
to this day, and i'll soon be 51 yrs old, the return to forever show i saw in 1975
at shippensburg state college, now university, was/is one of the best live performances
i have ever seen. and i did see the bros. in '71 which were the best 2 shows(saw the matinee and evening shows) i have ever seen. i digress, return to forever started the show with an acoustic set that blew my freshman mind. at that point in my life i wanted only electric music and loud. this first set opened my eyes to acoustic music and honestly after seeing al dimeola play a nylon string, yamaha, acoustic ax i knew i had to start paying attention to music i was ignoring. i liked it way too much. and of course the band and the sound they produced was close to perfect. i could have walked away after the first set and been totally content. the second set was electric and wow! at that point in my life i was listening casually to jazz and a little fusion, after this return to forever show it was my passion. i couldn't get enough of weather report or miles or jean luc ponty, etc...
like the allman brother band, this band changed the way i thought about music and most importantly, for me anyway, it had integrity.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 11:00 AM
I got to see RTF at Lafayette's Music Room in Memphis...way back when,LOL..I think Bill Connors was the guitarist's name (pre-Al)...he's was fantastic,I do rem. that.I sat in the balcony ,right over Stanley Clark...althought I'm a drummer & a fan of lenny's,I could'nt stop watching Clark play ! Amazing..I'd nevre seen or heard anyone play like that.Great show....

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:00 PM
I was speaking to a friend of mine yesterday who went to see Chick at the Blue Note Thursday night late show. Al showed up and sat in with the band and they confirmed the reunion and tour. He was still juiced about the show being so good, and the upcoming shows. He said it was one of those nights where everything was dead on with the band.
 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 12:42 PM
lt about time RTF gets back together!! Hopefully they will tour with some new tunes.
 





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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 03:07 PM
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I was speaking to a friend of mine yesterday who went to see Chick at the Blue Note Thursday night late show. Al showed up and sat in with the band and they confirmed the reunion and tour. He was still juiced about the show being so good, and the upcoming shows. He said it was one of those nights where everything was dead on with the band.

Chick at the Blue Note, and Al showed up?!..cool. I need to check the concert calender more.
Thanks for confirming what I only just heard in mention (though reliable, or I wouldn't have mentioned it), and not any official announcement.

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quote] Al DiMiola at 17 years old being part of Return To Forever. 17. SEVENTEEN jeez...17 friggin years old and being in Chick Corea's band
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I know Jon, amazing huh?. It was like the first time i saw Robben Ford with Tom Scott and the L.A. Express..he was only 16-17 then.
They are just naturals...

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 05:55 PM
Great news, Chick Corea is a reasonably regular visitor to the RFH in London, so hopefully he'll bring them over.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 06:10 PM
Grat musicians, great bands, great music....

And let Jean Luc Ponty in there too.... Egocentric Molecules....whew...

 

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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 08:50 PM
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  posted on 12/29/2007 at 09:04 PM
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  posted on 1/21/2008 at 01:19 AM
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uxg1AoEz9p4&feature=related

 

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  posted on 1/21/2008 at 09:04 AM
The question is who will play? Is Al DiMeolia playing or not? I saw Al play solo in 80 to 81 and he had not gone all acoustic yet. He still fired up his Les Paul and showed why he was the #1. But since he has gone a different direction that I am not 100% fond of. If he plays with RTF like they were in 74 to 75 that will be the tour to see this year.
 





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Jon, the music is amazing enough, and it turns out to be timeless, but look at what ease they play at...so effortless.




The question is who will play? Is Al DiMeolia playing or not? I saw Al play solo in 80 to 81 and he had not gone all acoustic yet. He still fired up his Les Paul and showed why he was the #1. But since he has gone a different direction that I am not 100% fond of. If he plays with RTF like they were in 74 to 75 that will be the tour to see this year.

Yes, Al D is playing... and the whole original band. You know they are going to go through their whole catalog...they don't have a new album to promote, so we should even get some great jams, with some great guest!
I am looking forward to this reunion tour more than most in past years.
Don't miss it!

 

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  posted on 1/21/2008 at 12:34 PM
This is great news. Saw Return to Forever live back in the 70's and it was an excellent show - would love to see them again. What a collection of talent in this band!

 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 12:21 PM
Could be the highlight of my summer. I saw them open for Mahavishnu Orch. around 1974- still to this day it is one of the best concerts I ever attended.
 

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  posted on 1/22/2008 at 01:30 PM
great, finally get a chance to see those 4 kick some major butt
 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 10:48 AM
Saw RTF, Jean Luc Ponty, Weather Report in the 70's, really fine shows all, but RTF is the one that truly stuck with me, I was drained walking out the door from all that energy they CRUSHED us with

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 12:48 PM
I never did see Return to Forever, they broke up before I went into my "love of jazz" period. But I've seen Al Dimeola and Chick Corea 7 or 8 times each. When RTF comes around, I will drop EVERYTHING and be there for sure.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 06:55 AM
Got my tickets for the Boston show, got good seats and can't wait! However . . . .

permit me to vent about the outrageous fees:
$60 ticket (purchased 2)
$12 service charge per ticket
$6 facility fee per ticket (I'm not sure TM is responsible for that one)
$6 shipping and handling for both
That's $21 added on to each $60 ticket. Aaargh!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 07:13 AM
There were some new onsale dates announced yesterday. Atlanta is one, 3-31 @ 10am EDT is the presale. Based on what I've seen on other shows, I expect it's a Citicard presale here.

Edit, wrong again! It's a venue presale for Atlanta on Mon. PM me for the code. Public sale is 4-5 at noon.

http://www.return2forever.com/index.cfm?pk=viewall&cd=MAE&pid=40014 5



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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 09:22 AM
AAARRGGGHHH!!! Would love to see these guys again but the dates near me are when I have alternate plans that can't be cancelled!! These guys put on an amazing show - anybody who gets a chance to see them won't be dissapointed.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 09:44 AM
Deb..that blows. sorry your going to miss em. I have Aug 7th at the United Center NYC.
I can't wait!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 10:01 AM
I'm looking forward to the show down here in early June.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2008 at 08:06 AM
Wow...what can I say after a show like I saw last night. It was what one profressional musician who attented with me called a pros pro concert. You can tell the place was packed with musicians by conversation. These are true musical geniuses, who know just what every note they hit is. The magnitude of their talent and knowledge of music is unparrelled.
This was the last show of their reunion tour, and they made it a point to say they were an east coast band, and they wanted to finnish in NYC and just play their asses off for us. Man, did they. They went on at 8:20, played to 9:40 took 20 minutes for a break, came back acoustic and played to 11:10, and then an encore till 11:30.
They held it at the old United Movie theatre on 175th and Broadway, very remenisent of the Beacon in design, and the sound was perfect. I have never seen a show there before, but i hope they continue to book major acts here. They actually had female ushers take you to your seats with a flashlight like the old movie days...ven had to tip her!
I play guitar and love to focus on the guitarist of any band mainly, but Stanley Clarke just stole the show...the man is sick.
They were very talkative with he crowd, and fed off us bigtime. They each took the mike at some point and spoke a bit, you know...just like the ABB do
It was just perfect.
I remember when they first hit the scene. Duane was gone, and I was ready for another sound... something "out there' in regards to music, and their sound was just what I was looking for.
Al Dimelola was only 19 when he joined the band he was saying!! 19?!.
Sorry to all those who did not get a chance to attend one of the shows of the tour.
If they do this again, try to make it point to see them. They are just mind boggling, and mind expanding.



 

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