Return to Forever: The Mothership Returns

Announcing New 3-Disc CD/DVD Set:
The Mothership Returns

2 CDs + Bonus DVD packed with behind
the scenes footage, stories &
2 live tracks shot in beautiful HD

Return to Forever debuts a brand-new 3-disc set, The Mothership Returns, recorded on their phenomenal 2011 planetary tour: two audio CDs filled with more than 100 minutes of music, and a bonus DVD featuring nearly two hours of unique footage, a brand new documentary — Return to Forever: Inside the Music.

RTF’s classic rhythm section – Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White – add Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale to the powerhouse quintet lineup.

Staggering … a testament to the ongoing legacy of RTF.” — BlogCritics

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Grammy Winner: "500 Miles High"

Corea, Clarke & White: Grammy Winners

Corea, Clarke & White took home two 2012 Grammy Awards (Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album) for their 2-disc album Forever.

See Chick and Stanley's instant-classic reaction to the announcement >>

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History:
Rewind to 1973. Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White book a week-long engagement at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco. In that one week, they forge a brilliant creative harmony—one that lays the groundwork for the legendary group Return to Forever.
Little-known fact:
During that first week in 1973, Chick first asked a young guitar player to sit in with the band: Bill Connors. As the newly electric Return to Forever, the quartet recorded the watershed album Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy that August. Connors will join Corea, Clarke & White at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 2.
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Chick Corea

Chick Corea is one of the most important jazz pianists in the world, and one of the most prolific composers of the last 50 years. Since his breakout 1966 album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, he has constantly been at the crux of what is new in the jazz world. On Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and with Return to Forever, he laid the groundwork for the fusion movement, then moved on to unprecedented acoustic collaborations with Gary Burton and Bela Fleck, among others. In the past two years Chick has mounted two hugely successful world tours: a reprise of RTF in 2008, and 2009's spectacular Five Peace Band, with John McLaughlin. Chick won his 15th Grammy Award this year.

Chick, Stanley & Lenny talk about reinventing the jazz trio: (2:08)

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Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke is without question one of the greatest living bass virtuosi in the world. One of the few jazz musicians and only bass player to score hit singles (‘Lopsy Lu,’ ‘Sweet Baby’) and headline world tours, he single-handedly brought the bass to the front of the stage in the early 1970s. He was a rising star when he joined the fusion collective Return to Forever, and his influence on the direction and sound of that group cannot be overstated. A winner of every major award available to him, Stanley has also composed for films, and most recently wrapped a thunderous tour in the bass trio SMV, with Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten.

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Lenny White

One of the great innovators of the modern drum set, Lenny White's sonic fingerprints are all over modern jazz and funk—not many drummers can claim a first gig with Jackie McLean and a Top 10 R&B hit ten years later. The soulful edge and innovative approach he brought to Miles Davis' classic Bitches Brew and Return to Forever defined the sound of fusion; his influence has only grown since then, producing for stars like Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson and earning a reputation as one of the most respected bandleaders and producers in any genre.

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Corea, Clarke & White have been begun their 50-date world tour with sold-out shows and inspired audiences!

The band’s evolving songlist includes an extensive array of tunes from choice jazz standards, RTF classics, new compositions and indescribable improvisations. CCW expects to offer some or all of the music as CDs and/or digital downloads at the end of the tour.

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