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Corea, Clarke & White

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.; Sept. 2, 2009

Chick Corea
After decades of moving ever-forward and conjuring up new bands and projects, jazz keyboard great Chick Corea has been retracting into the past of late. … Read More "Corea, Clarke & White"

After decades of moving ever-forward and conjuring up new bands and projects, jazz keyboard great Chick Corea has been retracting into the past of late. Last year, he revived the long-dormant, mid-’70s version of Return to Forever, the rockier and more widely popular-and critically questioned-model with guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanly Clarke and drummer Lenny White. That hot-selling RTF ticket was quickly followed (and overlapped) with a long-awaited teaming-up with fellow fusion pioneer John McLaughlin, in the Five Peace Band, for a tour and an album.

What a multi-thousand-strong audience at the Hollywood Bowl caught recently in the Bowl’s “Jazz at the Bowl” series was a time-tripping extravaganza that ran deeper into history than both of these recent revamp projects. The rambling program called, with deceptive simplicity, “Corea, Clarke & White,” found Corea going back to even earlier incarnations of the RTF machine, with notable visits from old friends.

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