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Published: 2008/03/12

Return to Forever Across The Globe

In 1971 Chick Corea formed Return to Forever with the intention of building on the sound he helped to create while working with Miles Davis’ on releases such as Bitches Brew. The initial Return to Forever also featured Stanley Clarke on bass, Mickey Hart collaborator Airto Moreira, vocalist Flora Purim and Joe Farrell on flute and sax. Within three years a few roster shifts yielded what is often considered to be the group’s classic line-up with Corea and Clarke joined by drummer Lenny White and guitarist Al Di Meola (who was still a student at the Berklee College of Music at the time he joined). The group recorded and performed through the seventies before disbanding and then reuniting briefly in 1983. Still, by the time Return To Forever opens its World Tour on May 29 in Austin, it will not have been performed a date in nearly a quarter century. The Return to Forever tour will include more than 50 dates spread out over ten countries. The U.S. shows primarily will take place in theaters where the band will perform from May 29 through June 29 before beginning a European leg. Return to Forever will head back to America in late July, eventually wrapping up its tour on August 7 in New York City at the United Palace. Also of note are the Boston and Philadelphia gigs prior to the NYC date on in which the group will appear on a bill with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones.

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