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Chick Corea and Return to Forever: Light as a Feather (1973)


“Light as a Feather” is a studio album by jazz fusion band Return to Forever led by American pianist/keyboardist/composer Chick Corea.


The album was recorded in 1972, and released by Polydor Records in 1973.

The personnel are Chick Corea (electric piano), Joe Farrell (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone), Stanley Clarke (bass), Airto Moreira (drums, percussion), and Flora Purim (vocals, percussion).

It is a fusion/Latin Jazz album including Chick Corea’s melodic and catchy compositions and electric piano (Fender Rhodes) playing, Flora Purim’s cool vocals, samba rhythm, Brazilian percussion, and the band’s intense improvisations.

Though the 1972 album “Return to Forever” by Chick Corea is famous as a jazz fusion masterpiece, “Light as a Feather” is another masterpiece that is comparable to “Return to Forever”.

“Captain Marvel” is a Latin jazz piece with fast samba rhythm. Stan Getz played this piece with Return to Forever members including Chick Corea in his album “Captain Marvel” (recorded in 1972).

“Spain” is a composition inspired by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s guitar concerto “Concierto de Aranjuez” (1939) and composed by Chick Corea. Corea used the second movement (adagio) of “Concierto de Aranjuez” in the introduction of the composition.

“Spain” was covered by many musicians, and became a famous jazz standard.

Light As A Feather