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Album Review

The second incarnation of Chick Corea's influential fusion group released only a single record, the magnificent Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy. 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 Connors lacks the sophistication of Al Di Meola, the young guitarist who replaced him, he possesses a deliciously raw sound that keeps Corea's heady compositions firmly grounded. White introduces a funk aspect to the music, replacing Airto's Latin grooves from the first two records. Clarke is as good, wrenching some truly frightening sounds out of his electric basses. 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. And as good as the band performances are, it is the quality of the compositions that marks Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy as an indispensable disc of '70s fusion. "Captain Senor Mouse," one of Corea's finest fusion compositions, receives an excellent treatment here. Likewise, the two-part "Space Circus" is a fantastic mix of haunting and grooving elements, with some simply incredible solos thrown into the mix. With Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Corea continues his streak of simply timeless fusion albums. The best of the electric RTF albums.

Customer Reviews

Jazz-Rock Fusion that really worked.

Most of the 1970's fusion music failed because Jazz and Rock have a different "essense". Jazz is abstract, Rock is literal. Rock is (usually) rhythmically simple, Jazz can have polyrhythmic complexity. But, a few records managed to combine these essenses into a successfull whole; this record, one or two by Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tony Williams's Lifetime and perhaps some of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland-period jams. I highly recommend this record to jazzers who want to hear what fusion COULD have been, and to rockers who want to hear what fusion WAS. Peace.

Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy

This band, "Return to Forever", comprised of young, visionary and inspiring musicians who will always be in their prime...even to this day. The musicians are: Chick Corea, keyboards...Al Dimeola, guitar...Stanley Clark, bass...and Lenny White on drums. The group founded "fusion". This album set the standard of "fusion". With that said, many musicians tend to stray away from this genre because this group...and specifically this album... limited entrance and exploration of "fusion". The band and the album are simply too good for anyone to attempt to build from. There's greatness here as well as respect. Long live RTF...Long live "Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy".

Uh Da_2rth

Glad you liked the album, but it's Bill Connors not Dimeola on this one. For my money Connors lays Dimeola to waste.


Born: June 12, 1941 in Chelsea, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Chick Corea has been one of the most significant jazzmen since the '60s. Not content at any time to rest on his laurels, he has been involved in quite a few important musical projects, and his musical curiosity has never dimmed. A masterful pianist who, along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, was one of the top stylists to emerge after Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, Corea is also one of the few electric keyboardists to be quite individual and recognizable on synthesizers. In addition, he has composed...
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