Return to Forever
After four albums on Polydor, Chick Corea’s Return to Forever moved to Columbia Records, even though Corea the solo artist remained with Polydor for the better part of the decade.
In February 1976, Corea and company headed to Chicago producer James Guercio’s popular and isolated Caribou Ranch in a remote part of Colorado to wax Romantic Warrior. It’s a fusion classic and, coming out of 1976, surely one of the music’s final highlights. Placing their musical topography somewhere in the middle ages, RTF rethinks its strategy to be more large scale and consciously more musical; an electrically-charged Ellingtonian statement that is like a soundtrack for a non-existent film or an electronic symphony for a post-jazz age.
The same group that cut its previous Where Have I Known You Before and No Mystery is featured here — Romantic Warrior features strong originals from all principals, including Lenny White’s “Sorceress,” Al Di Meola’s “Majestic Dance,” Stanley Clarke’s “The Magician” and Chick Corea’s “Medieval Overture,” “The Romantic Warrior” and “Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant.”
Romantic Warrior has been rightly available in one form or another consistently since its original 1976 release. No matter where it appears, it’s important music well worth hearing. — AllAboutJazz
- Medieval Overture
- The Romantic Warrior
- Majestic Dance
- The Magician
- Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant, Pts. 1 & 2