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Musicmagic is Return to Forever's seventh and final studio album and one of the best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the previous recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Corea's future wife Gayle Moran and the surprisingly enjoyable Stanley Clarke. This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer five-piece horn section.
The sound is remarkably more orchestral than anything the group had previously done, a cross between fusion, jazz vocals, big band and grassroots acoustic jazz. Musicmagic celebrates the pure joy of music with contributions from Corea (The Musician), Moran (the existential jazz ballad Do You Ever), Corea and Moran together (Musicmagic and The Endless Night) and Clarke (Hello Again and the albums single greatest moment, So Long Mickey Mouse, offering particularly great spots for Farrells flute and soprano, Coreas keyboard kaleidoscope and Clarkes entrancing bass).
Musicmagic is eclectic and adventurous and filled with a great sense of accomplishment. The album reached #4 on the Billboard Jazz chart and the new Return to Forever doesn't lose a beat when compared to the earlier recordings.
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Numbered, Limited Edition
Chick Corea, keyboards
Stanley Clarke, electric bass, acoustic bass, vocals
Gayle Moran, vocals, piano, organ
Joe Farrell, saxophone, flute
Gerry Brown, drums
James E. Pugh, trombone
Harold Garret, trombone
John Thomas, trumpet, flugelhorn
James Tinsley, trumpet, piccolo
1. The Musician
2. Hello Again
4. So Long Mickey Mouse
5. Do You Ever
6. The Endless Night