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IN A SILENT WAY

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.38 | 400 ratings

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mrcozdude
5 stars 1969-70's is always hailed as the most important years in the 20th century.Political and cultural change had come about in the world drastically.Such as events as the veitnam war,the assassinations of Martin Luther King & J.F.K evoked riots and protests and were crucial in the change of society's perceptions.Movements began in vein in which people preached peace & love and to take a stand against "the system" (many of these were met by police brutality).Drugs such as Lsd were also extremely popular amongst the younger generation of musicians & their fans which would be a huge influenced on their music.Miles took influence by this sound and decided to bring change to his music leaving behind the typical acoustic jazz set up and being in electric instruments and a new type of band as well.Within his band nearly all of which went all to be hugely successful in jazz,fusion and world music.Amongst some were Joe Zawinul,who wrote most of second album track In a silent Way.He with Sax player Wayne Shorter would soon leave Miles' band to become the prominent members of Weather Report.Other jazz fusion pioneers such as John McLaughlin,Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock also feature.This in itself is what drew me to hear the album.It features possibly one of my favourite line-ups ever.Critics became furious with Miles' electric change and classed him as a sellout and obviously this resulted in alot negative reviews.But to their surprise Miles' not only progressed from the bebop daysbut introduced a whole new generation of music fans who would use this album to find their opening into the jazz world.

The album It's self only includes two tracks Shhh/Peaceful & In a Silent Way/It's About That Time.Both tracks really reflect the cultural psychedelic sounds of the decade but also gives you the feeling this is something different and special.Neither really include any solos of extreme intensity you could expect from bebop or a spontaneous leap into a chaos fuelled jam that you might expect from of rock music.But has the feel of ambience.Especially Miles' trumpet which still has enough pace and character not to render you unconscious.Ultimately each song still features the improvisation and main theme structures which are always prominent in jazz but has the sound of an music experiment which worked creating some new.I particularly love this album,as it introduced me to a whole new world of jazz and musicians alike.

Definitely an essential album for any music fan.

mrcozdude | 5/5 |

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