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Album Review

The 1998 re-release of Return to Forever's Light As a Feather — the second, final, and most popular album of the band's first edition — as a two-CD set had the effect of nearly doubling the band's released output. The first disc contains the original album as sequenced, while the second contains over an hour of outtakes, including some new titles and tracks that were reconstructed from a number of takes. The actual album as originally released was a splendidly light, fluid, fleeting exercise in electric jazz with a strong whiff of Brazil, featuring Corea's lyrical, probing work on Rhodes electric piano and containing a number of Corea tunes — especially the Rodrigo-based "Spain" — that became standards. Airto Moreira was a whirlwind on trap drums and overdubbed percussion, Flora Purim's vocals gave the band some commercial appeal; Stanley Clarke made his first astounding impact on electric and stand-up basses; Joe Farrell contributed superb wind solos. The outtakes are of uniformly high quality, all but one unmarked by post-production, with excellent solos all around. The major surprise is four takes of a tune previously released on Corea's 1972 ECM album Return to Forever. "What Games Shall We Play Today?" is a great little Chick Corea boogaloo with a delicate wah-wah pedal applied to the Rhodes. It was heartening to see the jazz industry finally starting to document its electric music heritage with the same thoroughness once reserved only for acoustic jazz landmarks. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

One of Chick's best

This session is absolutely one of Chick's best. Just floating with a light touch and melody that puts you squarely on a cloud of joy. Flora Purim's voice sends that cloud south to Brazil and to the Cidade Maravilhosa (Rio). The session is a must have and today is as fresh as when it was released. I have the album version and have missed it. So, I am glad to be able to download it here and ride that cloud. I recommend all tracks. My favorites: Light as a Feather, 500 Miles High, You're Everything.

Buy the "full Album" version of SPAIN

Don't buy the 5.33 min version of SPAIN as it (inexplicably) cut's out the incredible Joe Farrell flute solo!

Spain is Chick Corea at his best!

Spain is, in my opinion, one of the best charts ever written, and this is a killer arrangement!


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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