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Return to Forever is a jazz fusion group founded and led by pianist Chick Corea. Through its existence, the band has had many members, with the only consistent bandmate of Corea's being bassist Stanley Clarke. Along with Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever is often cited as one of the core groups of the jazz-fusion movement of the 1970s. Several musicians, including Clarke, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Al Di Meola, first came to prominence through their performances on Return to Forever's albums.

After playing on Miles Davis's groundbreaking jazz-fusion albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, Corea formed an avant-garde jazz band called Circle with Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul. However, in 1972, after having become a member of Scientology, Corea decided that he wanted to better "communicate" with the audience. This essentially translated into his performing a more popularly accessible style of music, since avant-garde jazz enjoyed a relatively small audience.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy Return to Forever 3
1973 Light as a Feather Return to Forever 5
1974 Where Have I Known You Before Return to Forever 5
1975 No Mystery Return to Forever feat. Chick Corea 3
1976 Romantic Warrior Return to Forever 4 5
1977 Musicmagic Return to Forever 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Best of Return to Forever Return to Forever 1
1996 Return to the Seventh Galaxy: The Anthology Return to Forever 1
2008 Chick Corea And Return To Forever: The Definitive Collection Return to Forever 1
2008 The Anthology Return to Forever 1
2010 Where Have I Known You Before / No Mystery Return to Forever 1
2011 The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Return to Forever 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Live Return to Forever 1
1992 RTF Live Return to Forever 1
2008 Returns Return to Forever 1
2009 Returns Live at Montreux 2008 Return to Forever 1
2012 The Mothership Returns Return to Forever 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 This Is Jazz 12 Return to Forever 1

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