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Editors’ Notes

Miles Davis always seemed to be in the midst of one transition or another, yet he was fully electric here, with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, and Joe Zawinul all plugged in. It’s also on this 1969 set where producer Teo Macero would truly assemble songs out of lengthy jams based on vamps and grooves instead of melodies. While McLaughlin would later sound like a buzzsaw on Bitches Brew, “Shhh/Peaceful” finds him in a more contemplative mood as the multiple keyboards add layers of dreamy texture. The sustained ambience continues for the first four minutes of the second track before things shift into gear when bassist Dave Holland finds the groove; yet it’s quickly stopped with progression then occurring again and again until Tony Williams finally moves off his hi-hat to play his entire kit. Wayne Shorter is also heard on soprano, foreshadowing his work in The Weather Report and beyond. Davis was a master at creating a vibe, and this release–opaque and visceral, repetitive and freewheeling–is a masterpiece.

Customer Reviews

Quite Good

Indeed one of Miles' greatest fusion recordings, and one of his all time greatest. The beginning of In a Silent Way is in my opinion, one of the greatest moments in jazz. Highly recomended. I don't know what else to say, man, I just wanted to get my word out that this is a great album that I have indeed heard all the way through.


I am 13 years old and i am a MUSIC fan. My dad turned me onto this kind of music by playing it all the time during my childhood. Take an hour and listen to the whole album. But WARNING! This is not for the weak of mind. The complex chord structures and catchy riffs are hard to grasp at times. I HATED THIS WHEN I FIRST HEARD IT, but it really grows on you. It's great when you just want to relax.

Miles Davis..... Amazing

Every song by this man is perfect. Long, complex, beautiful, flowing, and this record is no different. Pick it up.


Born: May 26, 1926 in Alton, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless Harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-'40s to the early '90s, since he was in the thick of almost every important innovation and stylistic development in the...
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