Clarke Is As Good, Wrenching Some Truly Frightening Sounds Out Of His Electric Basses. Light as a Feather found the group as a Brazilian type of jazz band, with Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. On most of the songs she shares vocal duty with Clarke who,as I've already discussed is not the worlds most technically gifted singer to put it mildly. With Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy, Corea Continues His Streak Of Simply Timeless Fusion Albums. You know, something meaningful and serious. Arguably Their Best Album Featuring Stan Clarke, Gayle Moran, Chick Corea, Joe Farrell And Others.
Horns seem to sit next to me while Gayle Moran's clear, high voice whispers directly into my ears. Unusual, original and with an unique sound, this 1976 opus is one of the proggiest and greatest achievements of its genre. When it comes to jazz fusion, there are few superstar lineups more formidable than Latin shredder Al Di Meola, electric jazz pioneer Chick Corea, and the powerhouse rhythm section of Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Title Writer s Length 1. Title Writer s Length 1. Having said that, it seems like a completely interesting album, especially when it's in hands of Chick Corea, but that's not really so. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the previous recordings.
Featuring A More Rock-Oriented Approach Than The Flora Purim-Joe Farrell Band That Was Responsible For Both Return To Forever And Light As A Feather, Corea And Old Standby Stanley Clarke Join Forces Here With Propulsive Drummer Lenny White And Electric Guitarist Bill Connors. Although its 21 years later, this album, unlike a lot of fusion works, still holds up today and is incredibly listenable. The album is stuffed full of great electric piano solos from Chick Corea himself an fantastic stand up bass playing from Stanley Clarke. Side one is still quite enjoyable, but less complex and less prog. The Second Incarnation Of Chick Corea's Influential Fusion Group Released Only A Single Record, The Magnificent Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy.
Title Writer s Length 1. This Increased Emphasis On Electric Instrumentation, Also Displayed In Corea's Heavy Use Of Synthesizers, Is Another Thing That Separates This Record From The Previous Return To Forever Releases. The operatic vocals are only so-so and the lyrics aren't an improvement. No guitar; brass and vocals added. This is logic when you know this was composed by Al Di Meola.
A Classic Of The Genre. Stanley Clarke did a version of it on his self-entitled second album from 1974 on Nemperor. I saw them in London in 1976 on this tour. Everything is a matter of contrast. This has always been a special song to me.
As cliche as the term is in jazz reviews, this whole album is electric, through and through. Of course Chick Corea is the man of electronic jazz fusion; however, Music Magic is a nice diversion that still satisfies the electric junkie while experimenting with the eclectic. In their inception, the band played a very exquisite mix of jazz and latin inspired music, they later moved to a completely instrumental and electric sound where their brains joining the jazz rock movement in the heights of Mahavishnu Orchestra. The only complaint I have is that Columbia's Nice Price series of reissues fail to include the extensive liner notes that accompanied the original disk. The album reached 4 on the Billboard Jazz chart and doesn't lose a beat when compared to previous works by the band. The piano and flute intro perfectly captures a late night cruise around the Pacific Ocean, and the arrangements from here only get more diverse and creative.
Sometimes it almost seems like this song is a continuation of Romantic Warrior. I'll buy the Weather Report, and I'm glad the quad releases keep coming. Now He Sings Now He Sobs would be my second wish. The certain hone to this blade gives off a sense of subtle self-respect that isn't too hard to chew, because I resoundingly revere such wonderful music. Great stuff that I can recommend to all fusion fans. Backed by an extensive tour that ran through December and closed at Carnegie Hall, the album reached the pop Top 40 and remained in the charts more than five months. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Corea's future wife Gayle Moran and the surprisingly enjoyable Stanley Clarke.
The vocal melody is decent but I can't help but believe it's tackily implemented. Clarke Is As Good, Wrenching Some Truly Frightening Sounds Out Of His Electric Basses. A decent seller, great sonics, aged well musically over the years, and has a quad mix to go with it. It's another example of fine instrumental skills and variety. While the medieval influences alluded to by other reviewers may be a tad overstated, there's no denying that there's a symphonic flair to this record that you won't find on any of the dime-a-dozen instrumental fusion albums that got popped out like rabbits between 1975 and 1980. Big band swing style blends with melodic pop music.
Released in March 1976, it became the band's third consecutive Top 40 hit and went on to become its biggest seller, eventually earning a gold record. So, if you can handle a very different Return to Forever that plays a weirdo fusion with vocals and some lighter late 70s grooves, this is good enough for any jazz rock collection. As a result, you have a pretty big mixture of things. Return to Forever's Romantic Warrior features some of the most wonderful sounding pieces I've heard in awhile. The sound is remarkably more orchestral than anything the group had previously done, a cross between fusion, jazz vocals, big band and grassroots accoustic jazz. The most represented albums are Where Have I Known You Before 1974 and Romantic Warrior 1976 , and there are the title tracks from Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy 1973 and No Mystery 1975.
Of course I understand Chick Corea and the boys would never play heavy metal, but what about the rest of the First Movement, and perhaps several other movements? We're not exactly talking Gryphon here, or even Jethro Tull for that matter. Title Writer s Length 1. There was a transitional lineup that started recording this album but then were partially redone with the stabilized lineup. How many of the other fusion stalwarts were still carrying the torch by 1977? Opening with a calm and groovy bass line, it contains a few guitar and keyboards interventions with a slight flavour of McCoy Tyner. Flora Purim, but that's not relevant now. The sweetest voice I've ever heard. The album takes a more calm, refined approach, where Hymn if the Seventh Galaxy was pretty obviously taking on to the more raw sound of Mahavishnu Orchestra but without violin.