Nefertiti

Label
Columbia/Legacy
Release date
2008
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
65:54

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Nefertiti 7:51 27,345
2 Fall 6:36 18,053
3 Hand Jive 8:54 14,654
4 Madness 7:31 13,901
5 Riot 3:02 16,091
6 Pinocchio 5:09 16,222
7 Hand Jive (Alternate Take) 6:49 380
8 Hand Jive (Second Alternate Take) 8:13 4,444
9 Madness (Alternate take) 6:41 6,273
10 Pinocchio (Alternate Take) 5:08 3,030

About this album

Nefertiti, the fourth album by Miles Davis’ second classic quintet, continues the forward motion of Sorcerer, as the group settles into a low-key, exploratory groove, offering music with recognizable themes — but themes that were deliberately dissonant, slightly unsettling even as they burrowed their way into the consciousness. In a sense, this is mood music, since, like on much of Sorcerer, the individual parts mesh in unpredictable ways, creating evocative, floating soundscapes. This music anticipates the free-fall, impressionistic work of In a Silent Way, yet it remains rooted in hard bop, particularly when the tempo is a bit sprightly, as on “Hand Jive.” Yet even when the instrumentalists and soloists are placed in the foreground — such as Miles’ extended opening solo on “Madness” or Hancock’s long solo toward the end of the piece — this never feels like showcases for virtuosity, the way some showboating hard bop can, though each player shines. What’s impressive, like on all of this quintet’s sessions, is the interplay, how the musicians follow an unpredictable path as a unit, turning in music that is always searching, always provocative, and never boring. Perhaps Nefertiti’s charms are a little more subtle than those of its predecessors, but that makes it intriguing. Besides, this album so clearly points the way to fusion, while remaining acoustic, that it may force listeners on either side of the fence into another direction.



Miles Davis trumpet
Wayne Shorter tenor sax

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  • dukefactor88

    "Luuuuuucyyyyyy!" heehee!

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Mbuti3

    Great album.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • theoden92

    Herbie Hancock is playing piano...

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • imanelectrician

    All are explosive on this album, which is easily the best of the quintet together with Filles De KIlimanjaro and Sorcerer, while Kind of Blue, Porgy and Bess, Birth of the Cool, Tribute to Jack Johnson, Sketches of Spain, In a Silent Way, Big Fun, Live Evil, Get Up with It , are the Rest of the Best of Miles... period.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Bleach00

    So smooth, great album.

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Avrithor

    The title track's not available in full? Criminal, I say! Glad I own this album. :)

    2 Jun 2008 Reply

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