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Album Review

The most popular and successful lineup of Return to Forever — Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola — was coming off the Grammy-winning No Mystery when it recorded its third and final album, Romantic Warrior. It has been suggested that in employing a medieval album cover (drawn by Wilson McLean), using titles like "Medieval Overture" and "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant," and occasionally playing in a baroque style, particularly in Clarke's "The Magician," Corea was responding to Rick Wakeman's successful string of albums on similar themes. Certainly, the music suggests that the musicians have been listening to Wakeman's band, Yes, among other progressive rock groups. But they bring more of a traditional jazz approach to their sound, particularly in the opening statement of intent "Medieval Overture" and the original side one closer, "The Romantic Warrior," both of which feature extensive acoustic piano soloing by Corea. The original side two — Di Meola's "Majestic Dance," "The Magician," and "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant" — is much more in a jazz-rock style, with Di Meola particularly rocking out on extensive, fast-paced electric guitar solos. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of Clarke and White is always extremely busy, maintaining a funky, driving pulse and several cross rhythms no matter what's going on above it. This is particularly noticeable, naturally, on White's sole composition, "Sorceress," but it continues to keep the music in the fusion camp even when Corea is sounding like a more traditional jazz pianist. Romantic Warrior is the sound of a mature band at the top of its game, which may help explain why it was Return to Forever's most popular album, eventually certified as a gold record, and the last by this assemblage. Having expressed themselves this well, they decided it was time for them to move on.

Customer Reviews

The Ultimate Jazz Fusion Album

This is the jazz fusion equivalent to pop music's Sgt Pepper -- absolute perfection in style, form, and musicianship. I still play this incessantly over 30 years later. "The Romantic Warrior" track is the paragon of the genre. And, like athletes in their early 20's - this is Corea, Clarke, Dimeola, and White at the top of their game. Thanks, gentlemen for so many years of listening pleasure!


What genre this record is doesn't matter. Heavily jazz influenced obviously, but the reason I think it is easily in the top five best records ever made is that it takes you on a magical journey. I love jazz, but a lot of it has too little theme and way too much ride for my tastes. This record doesn't do that; it keeps hammering you with themes, lyrical passages, amazing harmonic structures, arranged, COMPOSED music, and what solos are there are short, to the point, and strengthen the absolute mystical quality of the journey. When I first saw the cover I got chills. Before I had even heard it I knew. There is no record like this on Earth, except maybe other RTF records. But this one stands alone as something no one will ever get anywhere near again.


one of the best jazz fusion albums ever made


Formed: 1971

Genre: Jazz

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

Jazz keyboard player Chick Corea's Return to Forever emerged as one of the key jazz-rock fusion bands of the 1970s. Like Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, they were formed by an alumnus of Miles Davis' late-'60s bands with the intention of furthering the jazz-rock hybrid Davis had explored on albums like Bitches Brew. At the time, this was seen as a means of creativity, a new direction for jazz, and as a way of attracting the kinds of large audiences enjoyed by rock musicians. Return to...
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