Spin - 4/98, p.130
"...documents the pianist's first fully realized attempt to bridge the worlds of avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music..."
The Wire - 6/01, p.43
"...A great introduction...A fairly lo-fi and fuzzy recording, it was nonetheless a breakthrough set..."n
Down Beat - 7/97, p.444 stars (out of 5)
- "...almost 34 years after NEFERTITI was recorded...it retains its dazzle....there's certainly an authoritative eloquence at work....Cecil zealots just hit paydirt..."
JazzTimes - 9/97, p.88
"...NEFERTITI, THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME documents a pivotal period in pianist Cecil Taylor's evolution....this two-CD collection...is both a culmination of Taylor's early recastings of blues and song forms, and a preview of his later expansiveness..."
Personnel includes: Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons.
Recorded live in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1962.
Originally released on Arista/Freedom.
Personnel: Cecil Taylor (piano); Jimmy Lyons (alto saxophone); Sunny Murray (drums).
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