Miles Davis, Nefertiti (1968)
By no means my favourite Miles Davis album (how do you ever pick just one?) this is however one of my favourites to listen to as an LP; to kick back with. I bought it because it was a (relative) bargain. I seem to recall it had been a customer-order gone wrong; shelved at a discount price because whoever ordered it never turned up for it or got it wrong or whatever. So a $40 reissued LP was mine for $15. So that part of the story is nice. Sure. And then it sat in my record crate for ages – a gift to whoever wanted to choose it. Finally a friend decided she wanted to hear some jazz, picked the seal on this brand new record and played it. She promptly got bored and left half-way through. Weird. She is still allowed in the house. But she will never choose a record again. Fact. I knew this album on CD – but it got lost (easily enough) in the glut of Miles albums I had. So on LP it’s given a new life – and it’s nice to hear it as the build up to some of my absolute favourite Miles albums – to the absolute turning point for me (Filles de Kilimanjaro) and of course what stunning playing from that classic quintet on this. All great players, all legends of jazz now – if they weren’t already at the time. And damn that title track is great. Whole album is.
Sample Track: Nefertiti
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