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In A Silent Way [Original recording remastered]

Miles Davis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Jazz
  • ASIN: B000069RHV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Miles Davis's famous mid-1960s quintet, featuring saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Herbie Hancock, was intact until just a few weeks before his new, electric ensemble recorded In a Silent Way. Legendary as a kind of line in the sand challenging jazz fans during the ascendance of electric, psychedelic rock, In a Silent Way hinted at the repetitive polyrhythms Davis would employ throughout the early 1970s. It also partook generously of electric piano and bass and rekindled the tonal palette that Davis had explored famously with Kind of Blue. But In a Silent Way remains a clearly electric jazz record, part ambient colour exploration, part rock-inflected energy and vibe, and part outright maverick creativity. Davis takes many long, breathy solos, and they glisten in a burnished blue against his new group's strange admixture of musical moods. --Andrew Bartlett

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 20 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is simply glorious music. John McLaughlin's guitar playing at the beginning of track 2 is pure beauty. Miles himself plays less on this record than most of his others, but his influence can be felt echoing around the music. There are also hints on McLaughlin's music in this CD. Simple, open and spacious are all perfect descriptions of the tracks. My favourite moment is on "Shh/Peaceful" when Tony William's drums stop for a moment, leaving Wayne Shorter's saxophone floating through. Wonderful.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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“Jazz-rock fusion”… a label that has inspired dozens of mediocre records! But here it is in its primeval and arguably never to be bettered form – a groundbreaking showcase for the talents of artists at the peak of their skills and an addictive and quite brilliant example of true musical innovation.
Like “Kind of Blue” a decade earlier Miles Davis assembles a stunningly adept peer group – including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jo Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams, Chick Corea & Dave Holland – and then pushes their and his playing to previously undiscovered heights. The end result?… jazz improvisation at its very best, with nothing detracting from the unstoppable flow of the satisfyingly tight melodic structures, despite the enormous complexity of what is actually going on, and with the complete record merging into a gloriously unified whole.
“In a Silent Way” quickly draws you into its languidly ethereal atmosphere, driving poly-rhythms and wonderful extemporisations and, like all true jazz masterpieces, pays out enormous bonuses from repeat listening. One of the essential reasons why Miles Davis justifies his reputation and… a template for much future imitation and excess.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect late-night listening 11 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
For those who have never really clicked with Miles Davis this delightful, ambient and most interesting musical experience might be the key to the door you've never been able to open.

"In a Silent Way" is great late-night jazz, perfect in mood for those small hours after midnight, though it also works on a long, slow afternoon. Beautifully complex with overlaid keyboard playing from Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and Herbie Hancock (difficult to tell which of them is playing when, but hey who cares?) and virtuoso guitar from John McLaughlin complementing Miles's restrained trumpet and Wayne Shorter's soprano sax (credited on the cover of the CD as tenor, but in fact it's soprano), the ensemble weaves a spell so captivating and yet so accessible that even those normally left cold by Miles's experimental journeys into improvisation will be drawn into the magic.

"Shhhhh/Peaceful" sets the tone, ambient but just a little edgy with its minor-key melodic overlays gently inviting the listener's attention to the virtuoso playing, but never too insistent. The title track is a sparse, slow, late-night stretched-out mood-piece; relaxing and wonderful. "It's about that time" moves into a fuller but still-ambient space more adventurous in tone with a driving, positive bass line overlaid by trumpet and sax, again in the same minor key, before a reprise of the "In a Silent Way" theme returns to conclude the final minutes and bring the journey to a satisfying close.

The album is really one long piece with four sections, where one moves not-quite-seamlessly to the next, weaving an ever-more bewitching mood where the spell of early-hours intimacy is never broken. It's truly sublime.

Give it a listen. You'll like it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shhh! 28 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'In a Silent Way' is one of many, many Miles Davis jazz records that should be taken down and noted by any Jazz lover. It is a little different from the norm, featuring just two tracks - but those two are expansive, brilliantly imagined and produced works of pure art.
Personally, I warm to the second, the title track more than the Corea/Hancock/Zawinul collaboration that is the first track. However, looking at the first one, it is also brilliantly true to form and is mystefying and incredible in itself. It's quiet, sloshing drum beat that runs right through the piece is perfect 'background whispering' to the voices of each of the instruments that ride above it. From Zawinuls organ, to Davis' own brilliant trumpet solos. From all the musicians however, these are never brash, never bold and always tasteful. The sound is complete and the oscilations from deep, magical space right back to quiet humming noise are simply mesmerising.
The second track is split into three parts. The first section is repeated after the simply gorgeous middle. Both of them are as equally well crafted as track one, but a little bit more outspoken, more definate in purpose. Particularly the middle section, which rings out more of the old trad. jazz we might have heard on 'Kind Of Blue' than anywhere else on the album. That in itself though is a relief. KOB was a masterpiece, and so is 'In a Silent Way'; but in its own... silent way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing 17 Oct 2011
By Timmy
Format:Audio CD
As with much late 60's early 70's Miles this album is edited superbly by teo marceo there are examples of this less staight ahead jazz aproach on previous albums but this marks the beginning of my favourite Miles period simply a great album John Mclaughlin plays some of the best guitar of his career great ensemble playing Miles on top form
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Published 1 month ago by RICHARD JAMES FOOKS
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The finest electric miles in my opinion! beautiful stuff
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Published 1 month ago by J. Frost
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Purchased for my husband and as he says you cant beat the sound of music on vinyl. I am no expert on Miles so may be criticized by experts on jazz but I would recommend. Read more
Published 4 months ago by booboo
5.0 out of 5 stars A groundbreaking exploration of new jazz
Miles Davis’ career spanned nearly five decades, and he was the engine for much change in jazz. From the early be-bop days through his later fusion, Miles covered just about every... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kirk McElhearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles ahead
Miles was mapping out his future direction with this jazz/rock/fusion style. The artist lineup is awesome. A must have album for anyone who likes Miles.
Published 7 months ago by GRUMPY OLD MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 2 Tracks. That's All That Was Needed
It's amazing that this unique, 2 track album affectively led to the creation of Jazz Fusion. An absolute must for Miles and Jazz Fusion lovers, and an absolute steal at the price. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S.E. Haughton
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Miles gets together with guitar maestro McLaughlin. This is legendary stuff, although IMO you need to set aside some time to listen to the whole piece; a sweepingly widescreen,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by DomTurnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis in a different mode
An unexpected and diverse cd with a combination of classic Miles Davis sounds combined with other artists. Different and enjoyable.
Published 12 months ago by sabibhu
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles at his best!
I listened to many of Miles' earlier albums and was apprehensive to try some of his later, given its mixed reputation, but the second track is pure gold, 20 minuets of perfection.
Published 13 months ago by CJ
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