RTF Discography

1971-1973: The Latin Influence

The first iteration of Return to Forever convened in 1972 with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Farrell, Airto Moreira, and Flora Purim. The group mixed samba, jazz, and fusion into a highly progressive and influential sound.

Lineup

Chick Corea: piano and keyboards
Stanley Clarke: bass
Joe Farrell: flute, soprano & tenor saxophone
Airto Moreira: drums and percussion
Flora Purim: vocals


 


1974 – 1977: The Electric Quartet

The electric quartet lineup was a result of Chick, Stanley, Bill Connors and Lenny White finding the right texture for the time and then perfecting the concept. With Connors replaced by Al Di Meola, the band was now centered and became one of the most popular and successful electric groups by early 1974. They embarked on a recording and touring schedule that would frighten musicians today.

The band, being constantly on the road or in the studio (either making RTF albums or individual projects), was so tight that when Romantic Warrior was recorded and released in 1976, it reached Gold Record status (500,000 sold).

Lineup

Chick Corea: piano and keyboards
Stanley Clarke: bass
Lenny White: drums
Bill Connors: guitar (on Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy)
Al Di Meola: guitar (all other albums)

Videos

Return to Forever 1974: Chick Corea / Stanley Clarke / Lenny White / Bill Connors

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Return to Forever 2008: Chick Corea / Stanley Clarke / Lenny White / Al Di Meola



 


1977 – 1978: The Big Band

“The last big band version of RTF provided wonderful resources for the composer talents within the band and, to this day, it seems to me that the compositions that were created became one of the strongest elements that made up the bands’ musical effects.” — Chick

Lineup

Chick Corea: piano and keyboards
Stanley Clarke: bass
Joe Farrell: flute, soprano & tenor saxophone
Gayle Moran: vocals and organ
Gerry Brown: drums
John Thomas: trumpet and flugelhorn
James Tinsley: trumpet
James Pugh: tenor trombone
Harold Garrett: trombone and baritone horn


 


2011: The Electric Quintet

They’re back. Almost forty years after Return to Forever—the definitive jazz/rock fusion ensemble—first appeared on the scene, the much-honored ensemble is making one of their storied returns to action.

And, in the bold tradition of renewal that the band has established as an essential RTF quality, this latest installment combines elements from the group’s rich history with an exciting vision of the jazz future, to create what may be the most exciting version of one of the most influential bands of all time.

Lineup

Chick Corea: piano and keyboards
Stanley Clarke: bass
Lenny White: drums
Jean-Luc Ponty: violin
Frank Gambale: guitar


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