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Synth and Software’s Top 10 Synth Soloists



Return to Forever, Where Have I Known You Before (1974)

Chick Corea

Starting in the electric version of Return to Forever on Where Have I Known You Before (1974), Chick was at the forefront of soloing on a synthesizer. A prodigious soloist, Chick used his very advanced jazz vocabulary to take soaring solos and engage in duets and musical dialogs with his fellow bandmates. He continues doing that to this day. For my taste, he was not the subtlest of synth manipulators in that he often used very deep and fast LFO-based vibrato, and he would take some very wide pitch-bend excursions. Chick explored a lot of timbral variety on his early Moog and ARP synths—perhaps more than his contemporaries. He got very deep into MIDI and digital synthesis during the days of the Elektric Band.

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