by Miles Davis


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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.

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Release Date: 10/06/1998
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886976966423
catalogNumber: 769664
Rank: 14381


  1. Nefertiti
  2. Fall
  3. Hand Jive
  4. Madness
  5. Riot
  6. Pinocchio
  7. Hand Jive
  8. Hand Jive
  9. Madness
  10. Pinocchio

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Nefertiti 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording took jazz as far as it could go before electronics and contemporary rhythms (rock, R&B, funk) changed everything. If we understand jazz to involve swing, and also that Bop and avante garde had nowhere else to go, then this recording drew effectively on all the strong traditions of jazz, and created something new and timely that hasn't since been equaled.