Stanley Clarke & Chick Corea of Return to Forever - NYC 2008
PHOTO: courtesy of BEN RODRIGUEZ, all rights reserved!

the seminal fusion band made a triumphant return after 25 years and received a hero's
welcome. Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Lenny White in Return to Forever
were arguably the premier fusion band of their time. They inspired countless musicians
and opened a lot of ears to the wonderful world of jazz fusion. This was my 6th time
seeing this lineup and it's because of them that I've been a fusion fan for 35 years!

After 25 years apart they decided to give it another go and it was worth the wait. I never
thought this day would come. Collectively and individually these guys are cream of the
crop. The turnout was more like what you'd expect at a rock concert. Not bad for a
band with no vocals! Thank You Return to Forever for giving us fans another night of
great memories and for letting the music do the talking!

Cheers to my bud and fellow fusion lover Ben Rodriguez for the use of his photos.