Miles Davis Nefertiti on Numbered-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Final All-Acoustic Outing from Davis’ Classic Second Quintet
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Record’s Tonal Shadings, Gradations, and Textures Come Alive
Confident 1967 Effort Steeped in Inquisitive Interplay and Subconscious Impressionism
will always be known as the final all-acoustic record made by Miles Davis
’ classic second quintet. A thematic bookend to the preceding Sorcerer
the 1967 set shares much in common with its equally nuanced predecessor
yet deviates by way of its focus on rhythm and exploratory soundscapes.
The low-key music blooms with colorful bouquets of shadings,
gradations, and overtones that on Mobile Fidelity’s SACD bring
listeners to closer to the creative passions than ever before.
Mastered from the original master tapes
, this collectible audiophile version of Nefertiti
joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis records given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity
Afforded supreme dynamics and full-range extension, cyclical melodies
resonate with a moody character and ambience normally only heard in
small jazz clubs. Instrumental pitch, too, is spot-on, a measuring stick for how all acoustic-based passages should be experienced.
As he does on Sorcerer
again cedes all
compositional duties to his all-star band mates and focuses on his
trumpet. Familiar albeit slightly dissonant, rooted in hard bop yet
signaling the onset of fusion, the songs are grounded in inquisitive interplay and subconscious impressionism. Nefertiti reveals fresh devices and new directions every time you visit its cerebral worlds.
And while each musician is given ample room to solo, the effort stands
as an example of groupthink in that no individual stands out or shows
off. The groundbreaking title track—during which the horn section
recurrently repeats the melody as drummer Tony Williams
and bassist Ron Carter
improvise, thus inverting the conventional sense of a rhythm section—shines as a textbook example of such chemistry and unity.
Throughout, the players’ confidence, and Davis’ trust in them, stamps
every piece with rare self-assurance and authoritativeness.
In particular, Williams
bring rhythms to the forefront as the horns hypnotize and Herbie Hancock
’s piano points in several different directions like a compass gone crazy. Responsible for “Madness” and “Riot,” Hancock
contributes brief bursts of speed and slight aggression, but on a
record on which complexity and introspection take precedent over blowing
hot, the aural steam ultimately becomes opportunity for burrowing into
unpredictable turns and deep grooves.
Indeed, the thrilling sense of interplay and inclination of the ensemble
to keep searching, moving forward in a concerted manner to uncover
then-unheard jazz discoveries, marks Nefertiti
as one of Davis
’ quintessential efforts. For
historians, it’s the signpost to the pioneering fusion the leader would
begin to pursue with greater commitment on the record’s follow-up, Miles in the Sky. For the rest of us, the album is music and music-making at its intriguing best.
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Miles Davis Nefertiti Track Listing:
3. Hand Jive