Miles Davis
Nefertiti


4.0
excellent

Review

by hydeyomoney USER (73 Reviews)
January 28th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nefertiti is brooding, calm, and works as a whole. Not the best Miles out there, but some of the better stuff he's done easily.

Miles Davis second quintet was, essentially, him bringing in a league of new, incredibly talented underlings of jazz and making them wonders. After their third album as a group, Soccerer, Miles even thought it well to not even contribute to the songwriting process, rather, allowing up-and-comers like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Williams dig their hands deep into the process. However, while Soccerer continued the legacy of the moving playing of Miles and his merry men, Nefertiti is where his crew-mates truly shine, both in creating a mellow aesthetic, and sailing the banners of the old jazz standards.

Nefertiti’s biggest strength lies in the strength of the songwriters. Three of the band mates, all of them mentioned earlier, contribute to all of the songs, with Wayne Shorter bringing in the most of what’s happening (three of six tracks). In fact, Wayne writes what might be the most mesmerizing and two strongest songs on the record, the title track and “Fall”. The title track rives it’s absolutely monolithic structure, with Miles mesmerizing trumpet playing, Carter’s plucking, walking double bass, coupled with the sweetly accented piano undertones and violently dynamic drums, and we get one of the most epic, enthralling Miles Davis tracks of his years before he learned about rock music. “Fall”, another highlight on Nefertiti, is almost on polar opposites with the title track. Where “Nefertiti” was dynamic, huge, and mind-boggling, “Fall” is cushion-y, slow, and incredibly easy to listen to. Probably one of the more mellow moments of Miles, a track like “Fall” hasn’t really been heard since Kind of Blue, and while it doesn’t feature the inter-play between Coltrane, it goes for the comfortable feel without him.

With two stand-out songs at the beginning of Nefertiti, it’s a bit disappoint to see that the rest of the album doesn’t quite live up. Instead these track mixes Miles’s mellow re-invention of bop with speedier tempos, and while it does work towards the soundscape of the album, they don’t really work as individual pieces. These tracks, rather than the stand-out brilliant qualities of the ones before, feel awful workman-like for tracks with the Miles brand on them. Nonetheless, these tracks still work due to the musicianship of Herbie Hancock, whose virtuosity of the piano absolutely shines above the otherwise unmemorable three minutes of “Riot”. What helps also here to balance out this lack of dimensional songwriting towards the end is Miles’s playing. Miles Davis, while still simple with his playing and still as emotional as ever, is doing his least sloppy work in forever, hitting all the notes cleanly without the halting dissonance that plagued (or aided") his post-Bitches Brew work.

Despite seeming faults coming the workman-ship of the second half of Nefertiti, it still works due to the roomy jazz soundscapes of the three songwriters and Miles Davis sweeping trumpet. While a lot of Miles records are overrated because of the name and bore because of their incessantly long times, Nefertiti clocks in at fourty-one minutes, making it easy to enjoy the record, but does not feel half-assed or cheap in doing so. Needless to say, you need this.



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hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

compter troubles + break

Bulldog
January 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

48 - 44.

FistfulOfSteel
January 28th 2010


895 Comments


anything miles davis slays. yes, slays.

haven't heard this but can guarantee i will soon.

RobotFrank
January 28th 2010


344 Comments


Well informed writing, nice work. +1

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've been exploring moar musik bro, be patient, ill get my reviews up.



Also a review for Rebirth coming really really soon, hope everyone is really EXCITIED





anything miles davis slays. yes, slays.




not as big a fanboy of Miles as a lot on this site. His works seem mostly a bit too extended and long, but what works REALLY REALLY works.

Douglas
January 28th 2010


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Miles is pretty much my idol. Good review.

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 28th 2010


4463 Comments


awesome, I need this. Davis isn't the best trumpet player ever, but damn I can't think of any other jazz musician with such a distinct and amazing tone.

Douglas
January 28th 2010


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And such a brilliant mind. Davis and Coltrane discovered modal jazz, and god am I thankful.

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Davis and Coltrane have similarities, but are far different: Davis is an innovator, while Coltrane is a master of technicality. Both are awesome though.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 28th 2010


4463 Comments


what Dougie is referring to is Kind of Blue which Coltrane helped create, Coltrane was a bit of an innovator in his own right, though not as much as Davis for sure.

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was aware he was talking about Kind of Blue. Kind of Blue is my favorite Miles cuz of how Coltrane and Davis work together.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 28th 2010


4463 Comments


oh poops, my point read differently then what I meant it to haha. I figured you had heard Kind of Blue, it was meant to be more like "but Coltrane was also innovative", that's all.

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i see, and it is true.

a5thdiad
January 29th 2010


123 Comments


mmm, need to pick this up. any get up with it fans?

Tits McGee
January 29th 2010


1876 Comments


good review

Chrisjon89
August 25th 2014


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

up there with his best. fascinating music + approach and incredible band.

GhandhiLion
April 30th 2018


3790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey this guy made good music

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MrHarrison
October 30th 2018


372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure I'd call this "calm" exactly. I mean a fair chunk of it's reasonably intense and the title track is kinda unsettling in a way.

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