(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
For Those that were bold enough to venture in the first incarnation of Chick Corea's Return To Forever, and heard the band's first eponymously named album, heard a quintet that was as promising as any other in the genre, but on the band's second and last album together, Light As A Feather is where Chick made a household name for himself, and truly established himself as not only as a trendsetting force (electric Latin jazz), but three of the songs he wrote for this album would go on to become jazz standards, The phenomenal "Captain Marvel" (originally recorded with bossa nova giant, Stan Getz earlier in the year) where Stanley's upright and Joe Farrell's flute fight for center stage, equally beautiful "Children's Song" and his last and one of his greatest compositions ever, "Spain" which would is epitomizes the greatness of this album.
Light As A Feather also is a showcase for the brilliance of each of the musicians on the album, as each would become well sought after session men, but definitely the spotlight once again would belong to Stanley Clarke, as those who doubted his impact during the Seventies would be hard held pressed to listen to his equally phenomenal virtuosity on both the upright acoustic and the electric bass, which Stanley handles flawlessly, and one of the few at the time that possessed such dexterity.
The title track, co-written by Clake and singer Flora Purim, is another brilliant track that once again shows how underrated the late Joe Farrell was, one of the greatest tracks Stanley ever wrote.
Many here are used to listening to the prog fusion era of Return To Forever, but I wonder what many would feel if they added this gem to their collection? I personally think it will end up forever implanted in your CD player, especially that it has been re-issued and digitally re-mastered as well.