In A Silent Way =180g= 50th Anniversary
1 x LP
( 1969 )2019 EU repressing on 180g LP-1969 In a Silent Way is a one of kind record that mixed the late60s pop and underground movement into the jazz realm On this record Miles began to hook into the late 60s sounds that flowed from the bands in San Franci
Release date:30-06-2019(originally released in 1969)
2019 EU 50th Annivesary edition repressing on 180g LP- In A Silent Way, released in 1969, marked a transitional moment, not only in Davis’s career but in the future development of jazz as a whole. Considered by many to be the first fusion recording, it also commenced the composer’s most divisive phase – commonly referred to as his “Electric Period”. This groundbreaking album would test latent tensions surrounding the future identity of jazz, its relationship with new technology, and the questions of authenticity which these contentious issues would draw into focus.
A Shhh / Peaceful
B1 In A Silent Way
B2 It's About That Time
- MILES DAVIS, trumpet
- WAYNE SHORTER, soprano sax
- HERBIE HANCOCK, CHICK COREA, electric piano
- JOE ZAWINUL, organ
- JOHN McLAUGHLIN, electric guitar
- DAVE HOLLAND, bass
- TONY WILLIAMS, drums
Shhh. The command to be quiet is not just part of the title of one of the two sprawling compositions on this pioneering album. It’s also an apt metaphor for the relaxed hypnotism and spaced-out atmosphere that define In a Silent Way, a record that pushes the boundaries of studio possibilities, artist-producer relationships, and rock-jazz chasms. Recognized as Miles Davis’ first full-on fusion effort and part of his “electric” era, the 1969 landmark claims a Who’s Who lineup that sends the music into an ethereal stratosphere.
If the record’s only accomplishment is its introduction of guitarist John McLaughlin to the world, it alone would be enough. Yet In a Silent Way continues to bedazzle, puzzle, and inspire for myriad reasons—not the least of which is the seemingly telepathic communicative methods employed by the group’s members. The lineup is great on paper, but, if it’s even possible, the octet sounds even better in practice, with the instruments and tonalities conjoining in avant-garde communion like hyper-sensitive tentacles exploring the stippled landscapes of an undiscovered planet.
Diverting from expectation, tubular grooves twist, turn, and spin, sometimes piling atop of each other, always shying away from structure and melody. Ellipsoidal solos provide hesitant guidance, ranging from Chick Corea’s Fender Rhodes phrases to Davis’ decorative spirals. And as color is the primary unit of currency on Davis’ Sketches of Spain, laidback episodes, geometric spaces, and quiet sensuality reign here, with the set’s maverick reputation attained via musings on solitude rather than explosions of noise.
Extra info: 50th Anniversary
Label: Sony - Legacy
Originally released: 1969
This release: 2019