BOSTON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Jazz legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White are planning to reunite for a major tour of Europe and North American in 2008.
A reunion of Return to Forever, one of the most influential jazz groups of the 1970s has been on the Christmas lists of many Jazz fans for some time and someone must have been really good this year because next year will see their first collective performance in 25 years.
The foursome is expected to play 40 to 50 dates across the U.S. and Europe from June – August 2008, featuring the classic music from their four chart-topping albums. "It’s been a long time coming," says founder Chick Corea, "and I think it's going to be a blast! We plan to take the songs from the albums we made in the '70s and just play them like they’ve never been played before."
"In retrospect, the '70s were a very powerful time in instrumental music," Stanley Clarke adds. "We’re going to go out and play our music as honestly as we did then, and it will be a great thing for all of us."
Ted Kurland Associates is the booking agency for 2008's Return to Forever tour, about which Russ Davis, Program Director for Beyond Jazz on XM Satellite Radio and the Jazz America Program on Voice of America enthuses: "The RTF reunion will be THE jazz event of 2008. Rarely does a magical event like this occur. I’m one of millions of fans who can’t wait!""We all felt the time was right to come back on a grand scale, raise the bar again and show people what serious music is really about," Lenny White concludes. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers