Mark Isham: Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project
Reconsideration. After listening to this disc, I went to listen to the original In A Silent Way and listened with new ears. It is a masterpiece that I can better understand now that I am older, not unlike reading Tolkein’s Triology or Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles as an adult. Miles compelled his band members to establish a smooth groove that became the touchstone of those two brilliant improvisations. Through that smooth groove erupted the fusion shot heard around the world. Miles and Neil Young had a professional habit of shaking things up at the end of decades. In A Silent Way was Miles’ contribution to the end of the ‘60s.
Enough About Miles. Isham, noted new age and soundtrack composer provides us an ethereal volcano. Surrounding “Right Off” with cloud-light music, Isham cleverly combines the title theme with “Milestones” and further supports the center with an essence of “All Blues” and “Spanish Key”. The music is at once spare and complex, simple and compelling. This is not a great disc, but it does have great music on it. Worth it for “Jack Johnson” alone.
Track Listing: In a Silent Way / Milestones; Right Off (The Theme from Jack Johnson); Internet; All Blues; It
Personnel: : Mark Isham: Trumpet; Peter Maunu, Steve Cardenas: Guitar; Doug Lunn: Bass; Michael Barsimanto: Drums.
Record Label: Columbia Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock