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Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Lenny White tour announced

Lenny White, Chick Corea and Stanley ClarkeBassist Stanley Clarke is rejoining Chick Corea and Lenny White for a world tour, starting September 2, 2009.

The first show, at the Hollywood Bowl, will also feature Chaka Khan, Jean Luc Ponty and original Return to Forever guitarist Bill Connors!

Connors’s appearance with the trio will mark the first Return To Forever reunion with the original members (the last time they performed together was in 1974). The trio will continue on tour through December.

“Each one of these very special friends is so important in our musical lives,” says Corea. “Jean-Luc, who helped carve the music of the now legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra in its second incarnation, will join the trio to perform, among other songs, ‘Armando’s Rhumba’ fromMy Spanish Heart. And we’re very excited to have our old buddy and RTF’s original guitarist,Billy Connors, join us to perform ‘After the Cosmic Rain’ and other songs. And finally, the amazing Chaka Khan will be there to spark the band into who knows what spheres.”

You can check out this 1982 live performance recording of the trio performing the classic “500 Miles High.”