Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come

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Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come
Live album by Cecil Taylor
Recorded November 23, 1962
Genre Jazz
Length 118:13
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come is an album by the Cecil Taylor Unit, recorded live at the Café Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 23, 1962. This concert is a key item in Taylor's discography, demonstrating a much free-er approach to improvisation than his prior recordings for Candid, and for being nearly the complete recorded output of his period from 1962 to mid 1966.

Part of the concert was first released on LP as Live at the Café Montmartre, with more following on the LP Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come. (Material was also issued as Innovations, Trance (Black Lion Records) and What's New.)[2] The complete Café Montmartre recordings were finally released on Revenant Records in 1997. It is key documentation of the group's evolution into lengthy collective performances.

Saxophonist Albert Ayler also played on certain nights, but not on these recordings. The one extant recording of the quartet performance at Café Montmartre was released in 2004 on Holy Ghost, Revenant Records's 9-disc box of Albert Ayler recordings.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Cecil Taylor except as indicated

  1. "Trance" – 9:12
  2. "Call" – 9:00
  3. "Lena" – 6:58
  4. "D Trad, That's What" – 21:26
  5. "What's New?" (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) – 12:11
  6. "Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come" – 9:11
  7. "Lena [Second Version]" – 14:21
  8. "Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come" – 8:07
  • Recorded at the Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen, November 23, 1962