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.