Artist: Return to Forever | Album: Romantic Warrior | Released: 1976 / 1990 | Genre: Jazz | Country: USA
The most popular and successful lineup of Return to Forever Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola was coming off the Grammy-winning No Mystery when it recorded its third and final album, Romantic Warrior. It has been suggested that in employing a medieval album cover (drawn by Wilson McLean), using titles like "Medieval Overture" and "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant," and occasionally playing in a baroque style, particularly in Clarke's "The Magician," Corea was responding to Rick Wakeman's successful string of albums on similar themes. Certainly, the music suggests that the musicians have been listening to Wakeman's band, Yes, among other progressive rock groups. But they bring more of a traditional jazz approach to their sound, particularly in the opening statement of intent "Medieval Overture" and the original side one closer, "The Romantic Warrior," both of which feature extensive acoustic piano soloing by Corea.
01. Medieval Overture (5:15)
02. Sorceress (7:33)
03. The Romantic Warrior (10:48)
04. Majestic Dance (5:01)
05. The Magician (5:26)
06. Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant (Part I & Part II) (11:25)