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Miles Davis: The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions

By Published: October 27, 2003
Egos gave way to unity in these miraculous sessions that spaned a six-month period from 1968-69. Without exception, the sense one gets from hearing the unfiltered music on The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions is that Miles and his partners had exceeded themselves, pushing beyond what they'd previously known as possible, discovering something something alive and electric, something spiritual—making it physical, making it stick.



In A Silent Way represents one of the most important self-declarations of artistic independence to ever go down in jazz history. This was not "jazz" aimed at its traditional audience, but rather a monstrous new thing that, once unleashed, would bring about some unexpected changes to music in general. While The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions offers a lot of incredibly great new music to enjoy, the original In A Silent Way has the singular power to transport the listener to heavenly places.

Tracks:
Disc: 1 1. Mademoiselle Mabry 2. Frelon Brun 3. Two Faced 4. Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process 5. Splash 6. Splashdown

Disc: 2 1. Ascent 2. Directions I 3. Directions II 4. Shhh/Peaceful 5. In A Silent Way (rehearsal) 6. In A Silent Way 7. It's About That Time

Disc: 3 1. The Ghetto Walk 2. Early Minor 3. Shhh/Peaceful (LP Version) 4. In A Silent Way/It's About That Time (LP Version)

Players: Miles Davis: Trumptet Wayne Shorter: Saxophone Herbie Hancock: Electric Piano Chick Corea: Electric Piano Josef Zawinul: Electric Piano and Organ John McLaughlin: Guitar Dave Holland: Bass Tony Williams: Drums Joe Chambers - Drums Jack DeJohnette - Drums, Tambourine Teo Macero - Tambourine, Producer


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