Return to Forever IV: Wour Tour 2011

Return To Forever IV Comes Together: A Night To Remember
in the Glorious History of Return to Forever

There’ve been a lot of memorable nights since Chick Corea organized the first installment of Return to Forever, way back in the early ‘70s. Little could he have realized, those many years ago, that he was planting the seed for a musical phenomenon that would continue to blossom over the next four decades. Blossom, that is, in a colorful range of creative hues, each a fascinating musical entity of its own.

In mid-November, at Mad Hatter Studios in a large building in the fringe Los Angeles area between Hollywood and Los Feliz, Chick returned to Mad Hatter, the studio he’d founded in the ‘90s. His goal: to plant another new seed—this time for the latest Return to Forever—RTF IV.

Chick doesn’t kid around when he does his musical gardening.  And “a night to remember” barely does justice to the high-powered, rapid-paced planting, fertilizing and growing process that took place in Mad Hatter’s big airy recording studio when he and his long time RTF associates—bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White—got together, for the first time as a group, with guitarist Frank Gambale, a veteran of the Chick Corea Elektric band of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Getting down to business quickly, Chick directed the first solo spotlight toward Gambale, who immediately made the most of it. Applying his amazing, sweep-picking technique, he poured out a virtual tsunami of notes, each one perfectly articulated, each one a carrier of dynamic creative energy. Corea, Clarke and White responded with their own in-the-pocket groove, smiling together with the spontaneous awareness of the musical symbiosis that was taking place.

And it was just the beginning. Although there was only time for two or three more numbers, what had started out as an introductory rehearsal smoothly morphed into a unique togetherness—the initial blossoming of RTF IV. With much more to come when violinist Jean-Luc Ponty joins RTF IV as they head for Gambale’s native Australia in February 2011 to begin what promises to be another tour to remember.

12 comments on “Return to Forever IV: Wour Tour 2011
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  2. Man,I love to see that you gentlemen are getting back together!nI missed an opportunity to see you and Jean Luc Ponty at the Hollywood Bowl.nDo you think you will bring bring RTF 4 to Kansas City,Missouri?nI’d promote the hell out of that on my radio show!nnBarry Jackson

  3. Man,I’d love to see this configuration of RTF!nI’m sorry I didn’t get to see you and Jean when you played at the Hollywood Bowl with Bill Connors.nDo you think you’d bring the band to Kansas City,Missouri?nI’d promote the hell outta that on my radio show!nAgain,would love to see and here this!nnBarry JacksonnKKFI 90.1 FM

  4. Thank you Chick for responding to my request (and I am sure the request of many others) to come to Australia. I bought tickets for Melbourne immediately and then find that my home town of Adelaide was added to the itinerary. So now I have tickets for that too. All my wildest musical dreams of 30 years come true! I can finally added Stanley and Lenny to me ‘have seen’ list and the wonderful Frank and Jean-Luc too. How grand is that!!??

  5. Canada at all ? BC Area? I’ll be there for every show if that happens…Am relocating to Canada this year just so that I can catch Chick more often in North America.. No ways that I’m spending another decade in Africa and missing out on my greatest inspiration.

  6. OK I know we are a long way away but New Zealand has been cancelled!!!! My inside info tells me that the tickets were selling well, so what happened? 17th in Australia then nothing scheduled until the 1st in the USA. Come on boys, the sun is shining here, take a few days off and sit on the beach … after the show that is. Bummer, we were really looking forward to this event.

      • Me too – I wish I knew why it was cancelled (and on the back of Al Di Meola cancelling the year before). Us kiwi jazz fans really get left in the dark. Was it useless promoters, slow sales, something wrong with the band? We deserve to know.nnHow about next year coming back and bringing Al with you? You’ll love the place – stay a while…

  7. Hey guys,nJust attended the first of Melbourne, Australia concert and it really was a mouth watering experience.nFor over 3 hours we were treated to terrific music by 5 legendary musicians.nThey jelled together and they seemed to have fun and managed to spread the feeling to the audience.nIf they stay together for a while they will even get better, if that’s at all possible.nGo and get the tickets, wherever you are, those people are worth it.nMark Anderson, Geelong (Australia)

  8. Hey guys,nJust attended the first of Melbourne, Australia concert and it really was a mouth watering experience.nFor over 3 hours we were treated to terrific music by 5 legendary musicians.nThey jelled together and they seemed to have fun and managed to spread the feeling to the audience.nIf they stay together for a while they will even get better, if that’s at all possible.nGo and get the tickets, wherever you are, those people are worth it.nMark Anderson, Geelong (Australia)

  9. Went to RTF IV concert in Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Australia last night.nWhat a treat!!! More than 3 hours of fantastic music from 5 legendary musicians.nThey jelled very well together. They seemed to have fun playing and managed to spreadnthat feeling to the audience. Literally standing ovation!!! Thank you Chick!!!nMark Anderson, Geelong, Australia

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