For those of you unfamiliar with this extraordinary piece of work, consider who the members of this particular manifestation of the group included (various musicians were often cycled through): The great pianist/keyboardist Chick Corea (who, as the founder, was always the constant); the amazing Stanley Clarke on bass; kick-ass drummer Lenny White; and a very young but already outstandingly talented Al Di Meola on guitar.
I will admit, fusion isn’t for everybody. Some people either love this form of jazz or they don’t. As a rabid fan of music (music’s my first love), I’m deep into all types, as regular visitors to this blog should know by now. This, to me, is the good stuff. Check out this song from the Romantic Warrior album. It’s the title cut, called “The Romantic Warrior,” and it’s kinda long, clocking in at 10 minutes and 51 seconds (hey, that’s how they did it back in the day; there’s only six cuts on the whole album). This is a shining, soaring, gorgeous piece of work. You can see how so many musicians were influenced by the masters of this particular era. There was truly magic in this very rarefied air.