Nefertiti – Miles Davis Q. – Columbia/Mobile Fidelity 45 rpm vinyl + Filles de Kilimanjaro – Miles Davis Q. – Columbia/Mobile Fidelity 45 rpm vinyl

by | Jan 27, 2016 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews

Nefertiti – Miles Davis Quintet – Columbia/Mobile Fidelity 45 rpm vinyl MFSL 2-436 *****:
Filles de Kilimanjaro – Miles Davis Quintet – Columbia/Mobile Fidelity 45 rpm vinyl MFSL 2-438 *****:

(personnel for both: Miles Davis, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, doublebass; Tony Williams, drums; on some tracks on Filles de Kilimanjaro Chick Corea replaces Hancock, using an RMI Electra-piano, and Dave Holland replaces bassist Ron Carter)

The 1967 studio album as a transitional work for Davis in his shifting from acoustic recording to his subsequent electric period, and was his last fully acoustic album. It’s in the post-bop subgenre. At 45 rpm it’s pretty much one track to a side except two tracks on the first and last of the four sides. You will be getting up quite frequently, but the enhanced sonics may be worth it. Pianissimo lines stand out beautifully, and the surfaces are dead quiet.

Side one 1. “Nefertiti” – 7:55 2. “Fall” – 6:38 Side two 3. “Hand Jive” (Williams) – 8:57
Side three 4. “Madness” (Hancock) – 7:33
Side four 5. “Riot” (Hancock) – 3:05 6. ”Pinocchio” – 5:08

Filles de Kilimanjaro of 1968 begins Miles’ self-proclaimed “Directions in Music” effort. This was his move into full-on fusion with electric instruments. It is more laid back and ballad-like than the first album; the 45 rpm remastering bringing out the subtle details of Mile’s trumpet sounds as well as the piano and other instruments. It is full of electronic textures and blues tonalities. Music critics went wild for this one, viewing it as a significant release in modern jazz. One critic said of “Petits machins” that it was “a mosaic of controlled chaos.” Miles experimented with a lot of unusual and complex meters and harmonies in this one. For me the best is the third side’s Girls of Kilimanjaro – a gorgeous ballad with restrained funk and driving grooves, and the distinctive sound that could be none other than Miles. Although credited to Miles, it is actually a reworking by Gil Evans of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary.” Evans is not credited, but collaborated, helped compose, arrange and produce the album, as he had others earlier with Miles, such as Sketches of Spain.

Side one 1. “Frelon brun” (Brown Hornet)  – 5:39 2. “Tout de suite” (Right Away)  – 14:07
Side two 3. “Petits machins” (Little Stuff)  – 8:07
Side three 4. “Filles de Kilimanjaro” (Girls of Kilimanjaro)  – 12:03
Side four 5. “Mademoiselle Mabry” (Miss Mabry)  – 16:32

—John Henry

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