This chapter discusses the musical structure of the album Nefertiti by the Miles Davis Quintet. The album became a pivotal event for the group in terms of harmonic structure and composition. The chapter describes the album's unusual step of performing without improvisations by trumpet, saxophone, and piano; and how it only consisted of repeated statements of the melody, with shifting accompaniment provided by the rhythm section which effectively reversed the roles for horns and rhythms. It explains the reasons for these changes, stressing the group's continuing practice of highlighting compositional melody on the recordings. It also analyzes the album's singles, “Hand Jive”, “Nefertiti”, “Madness”, “Pinocchio”, and “Riot.”
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