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IN A SILENT WAY

Miles Davis

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.38 | 426 ratings

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Epignosis
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4 stars In a Silent Way is outstanding background music; although it never quite engages me, it is exceedingly gratifying in spite of that, and is far superior to Bitches Brew, released the following year. It is rhythmically repetitive, almost to a fault, but what Miles Davis and company do in the course of those thirty-eight minutes is enchantingly satisfactory.

"Shhh/Peaceful" Illusorily uptempo, this piece begins with an ethereal organ, electric guitar phrases, and electric piano tinkling in the backdrop before Davis enters with his dynamic trumpet performance over the rhythmic ostinato. The keyboards and guitar runs create an ethereal mood that textures the music beyond what the repetitive bass and hi-hat create.

"In a Silent Way/It's About That Time" Despite the previous title, this piece is initially the more peaceful and quiet of the pair. It retains a dreamy character for a fifth of the piece, and then takes off, exhibiting a feel that is nearly identical to the other opus. Herbie Hancock's electric piano provides a haunting element. Midway through, a wild bass groove appears. Eventually- finally- the drummer gets in on the action, creating a climactic motif that is the most exciting moment on the album and one of the best in Davis' lengthy career. John McLaughlin's electric guitar denouement is tranquil, creeping in like the lullaby that finally puts a child to sleep.

Epignosis | 4/5 |

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