Nefertiti (Miles Davis album)

Studio album by Miles Davis
Released January 15, 1968[1]
Recorded June 7, 22-23 and July 19, 1967
30th Street Studio
(New York City)
Genre Post-bop[2]
Length 39:06
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero, Howard Roberts
Miles Davis chronology
Miles in the Sky
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[4]
Penguin Guide to Jazz[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[7]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[8]

Nefertiti is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in March 1968.[9] Recorded on June 7, June 22–23 and July 19, 1967, at Columbia's 30th Street Studio, the album was Davis' last fully acoustic album. Davis himself did not contribute any compositions, which were mostly written by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.[10]

The album reached No. 8 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums charts in 1968.[11] Nefertiti was reissued in 1998 by Columbia and Legacy Records (catalog number CK-65681).[12]


The fourth album by Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, Nefertiti, is best known for the unusual title track, on which the horn section repeats the melody numerous times without individual solos while the rhythm section improvises underneath, reversing the traditional role of a rhythm section.[10] C. Michael Bailey of All About Jazz cited it as one of the quintet's six albums between 1965 and 1968 that introduced the post-bop subgenre.[2]

Shortly after this album, Hancock recorded a different version of "Riot" for his 1968 album Speak Like a Child. In 1978, Shorter recorded a new version of "Pinocchio" with Weather Report for the album Mr. Gone.

Nefertiti was the final all-acoustic album of Davis' career. Starting with his next album, Miles in the Sky, Davis began to experiment with electric instruments, marking the dawn of his electric period.[13]

Track listing

All songs written by Wayne Shorter, except where noted.[10]

Side one

  1. "Nefertiti" – 7:55
  2. "Fall" – 6:38
  3. "Hand Jive" (Williams) – 8:57

Side two

  1. "Madness" (Hancock) – 7:33
  2. "Riot" (Hancock) – 3:05
  3. "Pinocchio" – 5:08

CD reissue bonus tracks

  1. "Hand Jive" [First Alternative Take] – 6:50
  2. "Hand Jive" [Second Alternative Take] – 8:17
  3. "Madness" [Alternative Take] – 6:45
  4. "Pinocchio" [Alternative Take] – 5:08

Recorded on June 7 (No. 1), June 22 (Nos. 3, 7, 8), June 23 (Nos. 4, 9) and July 19 (Nos. 2, 5, 6, 10), 1967.

Chart history

Billboard Music Charts (North America) – Nefertiti[11]



Additional personnel


  1. Miles
  2. 1 2 Bailey, C. Michael (April 11, 2008). "Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop". All About Jazz. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  3. Allmusic review
  4. Frank Alkyer Enright; Jason Koransky, eds. (2007). The Miles Davis Reader. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 305–6. ISBN 1617745707.
  5. Penguin Guide to Jazz review
  6. "Review: Nefertiti". Q. London: 89. January 1992. Acoustic jazz couldn't go far after this masterpiece...
  7. Considine, J. D.; et al. (November 2, 2004). Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon & Schuster. p. 215. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 58. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  9. Carter, Ron; et al. (2012). Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. p. 126. ISBN 0760342628. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  10. 1 2 3 "Nefertiti Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  11. 1 2 "Nefertiti Charts & Awards Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  12. " - Miles Davis - Nefertiti". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  13. "Jazz Democracy - By Adam Shatz - Slate Magazine". Washington Post.Newsweek Interactive Co. LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
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