Return to Forever: Sorceress
Return to Forever
Romantic Warrior (Columbia CK 46109)
Composed by Lenny White.
Recorded: Nederland, Colorado, February 1976
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Romantic Warrior included compositions from all the RTF players. "Sorceress" was Lenny White's contribution. White certainly had a funk bent, as evidenced by his solo records. I must say I was not always a fan of that approach to fusion. In my humble opinion, the funk had to be presented in a unique way to work. That was apparently not easy.
There is some funk in this mix as well, established in a bit of a blues funk rave-up complete with chunky guitar chords and Clarke's bass funk-blues notes. But it is not a major character. White shows that he can write a compelling melody, as several themes heard on the cut carry forth pleasing messages. Of value is the great midsection that features Corea playing what amounts to straight-ahead progressive jazz on acoustic piano. The song is filled out with some impressive repetitive riffs and the Return To Forever electric trademark sounds. This is not the most compelling music the band could produce. But it is interesting to hear the guys play in a more contemporary fashion from time to time. It was a way to let us know where they all came from and what they were capable of doing had this been a different place and time.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky