During the core of its heyday, the electric jazz fusion band, Return to Forever, featured Chick Corea on keys, Stanley Clarke on bass and Lenny White on drums. The trio returns to glory with Forever, a two-disc set on Concord Records.
Although each musician has a long, distinguished discography as a front man and as a session player with other ensembles, it was during their spirited 1970s association that they made the world stop and take notice. The band got back together in 2008 and, in 2009, went on a world tour, “RTF Unplugged.”
Disc 1 is a sampler of the tour, with all-acoustic performances of some jazz standards, as well as a few Corea compositions, a new one by Clarke and some RTF pieces. Among the selections are standards “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Waltz for Debby,” Corea’s “Bud Powell” and RTF’s “Senor Mouse.”