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  • Personnel: Chick Corea (vocals, acoustic & electric pianos, organ, Clavinet, synthesizer, marimba, snare drum); Stanley Clarke (vocals, organ, synthesizer, acoustic & electric basses); Lenny White (marimba, drums, congas, percussion); Al DiMeola (acoustic & electric guitars).
  • Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, New York in January 1975.
  • Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake (Polygram Studios).
  • NO MYSTERY (1975) sees Return to Forever experimenting with funk and heavy-hitting rock. "Sofistifunk" is a great example of the former. On this track, drummer Lenny White lays down a fat dance groove. However, to offset this, keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist Al DiMeola create an abstract musical dialogue between synthesizers and fuzz guitar.
  • "Excerpt from the First Movement of Heavy Metal" is the best example of the band's explorative, hard-rocking side. This piece opens and closes with a tongue-in-cheek "classical" piano introduction. In between, DiMeola, White, and bassist Stanley Clarke engage in an over-the-top, no-holds-barred jam. The title track is the jazziest of all the songs here. This sensitive, Latin-influenced composition contains many beautiful passages as well as a number of sudden melodic deviations. Overall, this piece really shows off Corea's distinctive compositional style, which borrows not only from Cuban music and post-bop jazz, but also from the Spanish guitar tradition. Certainly, DiMeola--who is known for his love of flamenco music--had an influence on this musical direction as well.
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