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Return to Forever Featuring Chick Corea

  • Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy [Polydor, 1973] B

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Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy [Polydor, 1973]
The futuristic, Mahavishnu-style jazz-rock gets hot enough at times to make you believe in spirit energy. But Corea's themes lack the grandeur of McLaughlin's, and what good is God without grandeur? Part of the problem is technical--when you articulate fast runs cleanly on an electric piano you sound precious almost automatically. Too often, though, I suspect that's what Corea wants. Better he should try for the cosmic joke--like when "Captain Senor Mouse" breaks into "La Cucaracha." B