Friends is an album recorded and released by Chick Corea in 1978.
The album does away with the string and horn sections of previous albums, instead focusing on a quartet with straight-ahead jazz in mind. The album cover features the Smurfs; a somewhat rare alternative cover replaces the Smurfs with porcelain animals, possibly for copyright reasons.
This album is one of three that Corea released in 1978, along with The Mad Hatter and Secret Agent. 1978 also featured the release of live albums An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert and RTF Live with Return to Forever.
Friends was nominated for, and received the 1979 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group.
Chick Corea – piano, electric piano, arrangement
Joe Farrell – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Eddie Gómez – bass
Steve Gadd – drums