A rumor quietly circulating through the Los Angeles-area musical community was essentially confirmed Saturday night - Chick Corea's legendary Return To Forever band will reunite for a planned 2008 concert tour.
(L to R) Lenny White, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke
I asked Return To Forever drummer Lenny White, who appeared at the Hollywood Key Club that evening as part of the Azteca Reunion concert, backstage whether the story was true, and before I could finish the question he responded "Yes, I'm flying to Florida tomorrow to see Chick - it's going to happen in 2008" - Corea has a home in the Tampa area.
The lineup offered to me earlier in the week was that usually most beloved by Return To Forever fans - Keyboardist Chick Corea, Guitarist Al Di Meola, Bassist Stanley Clarke, and White. Together they were one of the most popular, respected and biggest selling jazz/fusion acts of the 1970's.
While no official announcement has been made, prospects are that 2008 will see one of the most in-demand tickets for a jazz music act in years worldwide.
(This news was first posted Sunday at the Fusion Forums at DigitalDreamDoor.com, which are edited by the author).