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IN A SILENT WAY

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.39 | 411 ratings

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Matthew T
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4 stars This was the album where Jazz Fusion was born. Miles last album Filles de Kilimanjaro was transitional where really the classic quintet of Herbie Hancock,Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and the superb drummer Tony Williams was their last recording. The Jazz Purists were horrified and all the young crowd thought fabulous. This was where Miles left the live club scene and after this album played stadiums with rock bands as diverse as Steve Miller to Crosby,Stills,Nash and Young.This is a complete transition to what Miles was playing previously and basically he left the bop scene behind to never return. He stated that he was sick of playing My Funny Valentine and wanted new directions to follow.

Every musician who particapated in this recording has gone on to form their own fusion bands. Everyone of them is renownded as pioneers in Jazz Fusion. Bands such as Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, Lifetime, Dave Holland and the Herbie Hancocks albums. I could go on forever about the band members careers in Jazz . This would have to be one of the most talented Jazz bands of this calibre ever assembled.

The first track is by far my favourite on the album Shh/Peaceful. The track starts with a wash of key boards and then Miles comes in for his solo and what more can you say.This a wonderful Jazz album and would have to be my most liked Fusion album.

The second track In a Silent Way/It's About Time starts with John McLauglin' guitar over a keyboard (Fender) Miles loved the sound and Miles comes in for beautiful low key solo which slowly builds pitch. This track is basically 2 pieces with the quieter section at the beginning and end where Miles plays in both with that beautiful tone that he had. The middle comprises more uptempo where respective muscians take solos as in most jazz formats.

I am rating this album 4 stars. The 5 star are Kind of Blue,Milestones,and Miles Smiles none of them are fusion or progessive but they are superb Jazz Albums from the late 50s and mid sixties.

Matthew T | 4/5 |

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