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Forever (Corea, Clarke & White album)

Forever is a double CD album of live acoustic recordings recorded in California, Tokyo and Seattle in 2009 by the Return to Forever pianist Chick Corea, bass player Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White and studio rehearsals with guests Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Connors and Chaka Khan. It was released on the Concord label I 2011.[1]

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Live album / Studio album by
ReleasedJune 6, 2011
RecordedSeptember 1, 16, 17 & 30, November 28 and December 12, 2009
StudioMad Hatter Studios (Los Angeles, CA
Yoshi's Jazz Club (Oakland, CA)
Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey, CA)
Blue Note Jazz Club (Tokyo, Japan)
Jazz Alley Club (Seattle, WA)
GenreJazz, jazz fusion
ProducerLenny White
Chick Corea chronology
Return to Forever chronology
The Mothership Returns


Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz      [2]
AllMusic      [3]
The Guardian      [4]
PopMatters           [5]

In 2012, the album received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.[6]

All About Jazz correspondent John Kelman observed, "Eschewing RTF's relentless testosterone, the trio is as capable of elegance and understatement as it is of unequivocal virtuosity".[2]

The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek states "Disc one is taken directly from concert appearances across the globe. The standards work well – considering how busy Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White can be together as well as solo... The gems are saved for disc two, which consists mainly of rehearsals for the tour recorded at Mad Hatter Studios in San Francisco, complete with off-mike banter... With its looseness, this second disc offers the real dynamic potential for RTF in the future and reveals the depth of near symbiotic communication between the bandmembers".[3]

John Fordham in The Guardian noted "Clarke's beautiful tone and dramatic phrasing, White's melodic percussion playing and deft embroidery of catchy grooves, and Corea's fluency and lyrical grace bring a new spark to standards... The electric disc is a lot funkier... and the light touch and sense of enjoyment of the acoustic half mostly survives intact".[4]

PopMatters' Will Layman wrote "The trio recordings are masterful in execution but maybe slightly "been there, done that" in repertoire... On the bonus disc, we get more of a mishmash.. The band is loose as can be in this rehearsal, tossing phrases back and forth, the whole enterprise seeming like the dialogue that jazz is always supposed to be".[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Chick Corea except where noted.

Disc one

  1. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronisław Kaper, Ned Washington) – 8:41
  2. "Waltz for Debby" (Bill Evans) – 9:55
  3. "Bud Powell" – 7:10
  4. "La Canción de Sofia" (Stanley Clarke) – 7:38
  5. "Windows" – 8:54
  6. "Hackensack" (Thelonious Monk) – 7:30
  7. "No Mystery" – 10:55
  8. "Señor Mouse" – 12:06
  • Recorded at Yoshi's Jazz Club, Oakland, CA, on September 16 & 17, 2009 (tracks 1–4, 7 & 8)
  • Recorded at Blue Note Jazz Club, Tokyo, Japan on November 28, 2009 (track 5)
  • Recorded at Jazz Alley Club, Seattle, WA, on December 12, 2009 (track 6)

Disc two

  1. "Captain Marvel" – 4:13
  2. "Señor Mouse" – 10:06
  3. "Crescent" (John Coltrane) – 1:45
  4. "Armando's Rhumba" – 5:12
  5. "Renaissance" (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 6:29
  6. "High Wire: The Aerialist" – 3:41
  7. "I Loves You, Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:13
  8. "After the Cosmic Rain" (Clarke) – 10:38
  9. "Space Circus" – 6:06
  10. "500 Miles High" – 12:45
  • Recorded at Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA, on September 1, 2009 (tracks 1–9)
  • Recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA, on September 30, 2009 (track 10)


Guest musicians


  1. ^ Chick Corea discography: album entry at accessed September 9, 2016
  2. ^ a b Kelman, John (February 28, 2011). "Corea, Clarke & White - Forever (2009) album review | All About Jazz".
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Corea, Clarke & White - Forever (2009) album review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (May 19, 2011). "Corea, Clarke & White - Forever (2009) album review | The Guardian".
  5. ^ a b Layman, Will (February 9, 2011). "Corea, Clarke & White - Forever (2009) album review | PopMatters".
  6. ^ Chick Corea: Grammy Awards & Nominations at accessed September 9, 2016

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