Miles Davis: Nefertiti (MFSL 2 LP)
2*Vinyl 180g, 45RPM, Limited Ed., Numbered, Remastered
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Miles Davis – Nefertiti
Nefertiti 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 analog edition bring listeners to closer to the creative passions than ever before.
As he does on Sorcerer, Davis 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.
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – MFSL 2-436, Columbia – MFSL 2-436, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – 88883731631, Columbia – 88883731631
Series: Gain 2™ Ultra Analog 45RPM 180g Series – , Original Master Recording –
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered
Style: Post Bop, Modal