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Musicmagic is Return to Forever's seventh and final studio album and one of the
best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final
line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke
returning from the previous recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return
to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Corea's
future wife Gayle Moran and the surprisingly enjoyable Stanley Clarke.
This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on
saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer
five-piece horn section.
The sound is remarkably more orchestral than anything the group had previously
done, a cross between fusion, jazz vocals, big band and grassroots acoustic
jazz. Musicmagic celebrates the pure joy of music with contributions from Corea
(“The Musician”), Moran (the existential jazz ballad “Do You Ever”), Corea and
Moran together (“Musicmagic” and “The Endless Night”) and Clarke (“Hello Again”
and the album’s single greatest moment, “So Long Mickey Mouse,” offering
particularly great spots for Farrell’s flute and soprano, Corea’s keyboard
kaleidoscope and Clarke’s entrancing bass).
Musicmagic is eclectic and adventurous and filled with a great sense of
accomplishment. The album reached #4 on the Billboard Jazz chart and the new
Return to Forever doesn't lose a beat when compared to the earlier recordings.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
Chick Corea, keyboards
Stanley Clarke, electric bass, acoustic bass, vocals
Gayle Moran, vocals, piano, organ
Joe Farrell, saxophone, flute
Gerry Brown, drums
James E. Pugh, trombone
Harold Garret, trombone
John Thomas, trumpet, flugelhorn
James Tinsley, trumpet, piccolo
1. The Musician
2. Hello Again
4. So Long Mickey Mouse
5. Do You Ever
6. The Endless Night