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Miles Davis


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.31 | 687 ratings

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4 stars More peaceful than a bag of koalas high on opioids...

Whilst previous releases had hinted at what was to come, In a Silent Way is considered to be Miles Davis' first real fusion recording, and also heralded the arrival of his "electric" era.

The Good: The album features just two tracks, each split into three sections. Despite being more experimental than earlier works the overall sound is incredibly relaxed and has an almost hypnotic quality to it. The introduction of virtuoso guitarist John McLaughlin to the lineup, as well as the continued use of electric pianos both bring a certain 'edge' to the recording.

The Bad: Whilst the songs are indeed split into three parts, the final section in each is an identical repeat of the first. Although this is intended to provide context and closure and whatnot, to me it feels a little weak and it would have been cool to have at least a little variation in the reprise.

The Verdict: Different sound, same class.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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