Cecil Taylor – Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has Come

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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.

“This double-LP is the only recording that exists of Cecil Taylor and his group (other than two songs on the bootleg Ingo label) during 1962-1965. Taylor’s then-new altoist Jimmy Lyons (who occasionally hints at Charlie Parker) and the first truly “free” drummer Sunny Murray join the avant-garde pianist in some stunning trio performances recorded live at the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen. With the exception of an interesting version of “What’s New” (which finds Lyons showing off his roots), the music is comprised entirely of Taylor originals and is atonal and full of power.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
All compositions by Cecil Taylor except where noted.

“Trance” – 9:12
“Call” – 9:00
“Lena” – 6:58
“D Trad, That’s What” – 21:26
“Call [Second Version]” – 6:37
“What’s New?” (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) – 12:11
“Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come” – 9:11
“Lena [Second Version]” – 14:21
“Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come [Second Version]” – 8:07
“D Trad, That’s What [Second Version]” – 20:08
1-4 first issued on Live at the Café Montmartre (1963)
6-9 first issued on Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come (1965)
1-4 and 6-9 first collected on Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come (1976)
5 first issued on Trance (1996)
10 first issued on the Revenant issue of Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come (1997), along with two “silent tracks” preceding the bonus material

Cecil Taylor – piano
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Sunny Murray – drums


Released: 1963
Recorded: November 23, 1962
Venue: Café Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Length: 118:13
Label Revenant
Producer: Alan Bates