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  posted on 6/24/2008 at 10:50 PM
Just wondering if anyone has seen any of their shows so far. I am going on Thursday and am interested to hear some reviews. I know some shows have stretched three hours. We are scheduled for about 2.5 hours here. Should be wild to hear what they can do together all these years later.

Looking forward to hearing Al Dimeola play some electric guitar for a change. Stanley and Lenny are always a trip and Chick plays a keytar. What more needs to be said.

It may set a record for the amount of musical notes that I hear in one night. These guys can all fly.

Return to Forever Reunion Tour - Los Angeles June 13th, 2008

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Return To Forever Tour 2008 Sound Check

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5ozJYeMGjo

 

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  posted on 6/24/2008 at 11:02 PM
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  posted on 6/24/2008 at 11:50 PM
Brock: I was going to refer CM to my review, then I saw you already posted the link. Thanks, I wouldn't even know how to do that! -Rob

 

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  posted on 6/25/2008 at 06:28 AM
My brother in St. Paul went to the show in his area and he was blown away. The intensity and virtuosity(sp) of the playing knocked him out.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2008 at 07:16 AM
Thanks for the link and for the review. I think Rob caught the only short shows so far. My buddy sent me an email and he saw a show about 2.5 or a little longer. He said it was amazing also.

I have seen these guys seperately but not together.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2008 at 09:57 AM
quote:
Thanks for the link and for the review. I think Rob caught the only short shows so far. My buddy sent me an email and he saw a show about 2.5 or a little longer. He said it was amazing also.

I have seen these guys seperately but not together.
You are in for a big treat!

 

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  posted on 6/25/2008 at 10:14 AM
There are also a # of reviews in the Return to Forever site, under tour, as I recall. And we will be anticipating yours CM!

 

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  posted on 6/25/2008 at 10:28 AM
Hey the Yankweed's will be seein' them July 31st at the Fillmore in Miami... Want to hear all about the show.......... just played the you tubes...lookin' forward to this one!!! What a great review!!!



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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 12:35 AM
The show was fantastic. Awesome to see a Les Paul in Al's hands again. Will write more tomorrow but if you like them than don't miss it. If you don't then go and then you will.

The highlight of the night would be all four guys. Just bang on. Solos by each and lots of fun in between.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 12:51 AM
Told you so...............

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 01:02 AM
I have seen DiMeola a few times but only one show compared with tonight's. Just nice to hear him crank it up a bit. I love the acoustic stuff but you can't beat a Les Paul. Not if we could only get Beck and Clapton to get back on board.

Sound was great tonight and a big crowd. Not too long but it was part of the Ottawa jazz fest so they have curfews. a little over two hour set.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 02:27 AM
I am glad they played a long set in a festival setting. I am hoping to go Saturday night at SPAC. They are closing the first night of the Saratoga Jazz Festival. I really love pretty much all of the RTF albums, both before Al and after. Light as a Feather has some great compositions, but the lineup with Lenny and Al really take them to a new level. Great musicians, great music.
 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 09:59 AM
Definitely go to the show. Not often that we get a chance to see talent like this play together. They set an attendance record for the Ottawa Jazz Fest and did it with storms threatening.

Here is a review from the paper.

"The Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and all jazz festivals across Canada, owe Return to Forever big time.

Way back in the early 1970s, when all we did was listen to records, smoke pot and dream about becoming musicians, RtF was the first band to wean a generation of pimply teens off Supertramp and Genesis turn them on to something called fusion.

Ah fusion, that rockin’, psychedelic musical blend of jazz, rock, funk, classical and whatever else you fancy became the gateway to jazz’s more sublime pleasures like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. While for many, RtF was as good as progressive music got.

Presumably, that’s how half the record-setting audience of 11,000-plus at Confederation Park last night got into jazz. So, it was no surprise that the audience was as hot and heavy as anything the 2008 festival’s seen, despite the looming threat of lightning and rainshowers.

What’s a little rain when it’s been 25 years since the band’s last tour, and their first visit to Ottawa?




Led by keyboardist Chick Corea, with guitarist Al Di Meola, bass player Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White, the band’s setlist surveyed their seven albums, beginning with a restrained version of “Hymn of the 7th Galaxy,” a longish, multi-textured and altogether funky instrumental that had a few of us looking to crank up the volume. One of the fastest guitarists on the planet, Di Meola did breathtaking solos on “Vulcan Worlds” and “Sorceress.”

Their acoustic set showed just what these four virtuosos are capable of. Di Meola mused on a flamenco before being joined by the band on the meandering “No Mystery” after which Corea plucked something that sounded like a Keith Jarrett blues improvisation at an out-of-tune piano.

Happily, the band only sounded like they were improvising for the mobs of men, hooting and hollering their approval at every break.

The band noted that one of the reasons for their reunion tour was because of the current sorry state of music in general.

“In an era of boy’s bands, we’re a man’s band,” drummer White said categorically.

There’s a lot of truth to that. There’s something very masculine about Return to Forever’s music, as if each member is an alpha-male, trying to out-do himself and each other.

Even the 30-minute long “Romantic Warrior” was wonderfully faithful to the original, and all the more impressive when you realize how complicated and coloured their music is.

Return to Forever closed their concert with one of their shorter pieces, the 12-minute fuse called “Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant.”

Thursday night’s concert wasn’t just a concert, it was an historic reunion of one of the best bands ever.

All these years have done nothing to diminish Return to Forever’s legacy, or their awe-inspiring power."

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 10:06 AM
HAPPY TO HEAR THESE REVIEWS...THIS WILL BE MY FIRST TIME FOR THIS ONE.....

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 07:48 PM
Here is the setlist for Ottawa. Shorter than some shows on the tour but definitely got our monies worth.

Set 1
Hymn of the 7th Galaxy
Vulcan Worlds
Sorceress
(Guitar Solo Intro)
No Mystery
(Piano Solo Intro)
The Romantic Warrior
(Bass Solo)
(Drum Solo)

Encores
Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 09:14 PM
Glad to hear another positive review CM. Looking forward to it on 8/2 in Atlanta. I just ordered RTF Anthology, a recently released and remastered collection in a 2 CD set. $12.99 on Amazon. Gotta get ready!

 

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  posted on 6/27/2008 at 10:39 PM
today was the day of listening to chick corea.

i listened to

now he sings, now he sobs
my spanish heart
a bootleg with steve gadd, eddie gomez and bob berg (which was impressive)
3 quartets with mike brecker and jack dejohnette.

it was a good day.





 

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  posted on 6/28/2008 at 12:16 AM
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Glad to hear another positive review CM. Looking forward to it on 8/2 in Atlanta. I just ordered RTF Anthology, a recently released and remastered collection in a 2 CD set. $12.99 on Amazon. Gotta get ready!


You will enjoy it. No way these guys could ever be bad. Even if one guy is slightly off that night their is just too much other talent on the same stage. They also really seemed to have fun. Mind you it is not too often they get to play to large crowds either so they are probably enjoying that too.

 

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