From L to R: Al Di Meola - Jean Luc - Chick Corea. Chick Corea visiting the Rite of Strings backstage at the jazz festival in Marciac, France, on July 30, 2007.

"The night before my duet performance with Gary Burton, I went to the concert stage (a two-and-a-half-hour drive from my Toulouse hotel) to see my old buddies Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Jean Luc Ponty play as a trio. It was an amazing performance by three veteran virtuosi; made me a little nostalgic for the seventies, and I was encouraged to see how my three friends had continually improved their art through the years - they sounded better than ever." -Chick Corea - Notes from the Road