Three previously unissued performances and six months of Miles Davis' recording activity mark this 3-CD set as something special. This was a transitional time for the bandleader. It marked the beginning of a fusion. The package documents this period very well. Davis wanted a new sound. With several keyboards and significant changes in personnel, he got it. The trumpeter introduced his musical changes gradually. The more radical shift would come later. These sessions are pleasant and full of intrigue. In his extensive, accompanying essay, Bob Belden analyzes the music thoroughly. He notes the revealed inspiration of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. The music in these sessions fuses with rock and soul, but doesn't stray too far from what we knew up to then as Miles Davis mainstream jazz.
His clear, open trumpet sound came from a deep respect for tone quality. Davis knew that each member of his band shared that feeling. Elements of the blues and heartfelt emotion had always been a part of his art. With this landmark recording, Davis was able to move gradually toward something new, without sacrificing the old. From Bitches' Brew on, however, many of the trumpeter's projects turned controversial. The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions occurred from September 1968 to February 1969. The reproduced sound quality is good throughout. Invaluable as a turning point in Davis' career, and still a listening pleasure, these sessions stand out as some of the best this year has wrought.
Track Listing: Disc 1: Mademoiselle Mabry; Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet); Two Faced; Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process; Splash (in unreleased full form); Splashdown (unreleased). Disc 2: Ascent; Directions (Part 1); Directions (Part 2); Shhh/Peaceful (in unreleased full form); In A Silent Way/It
Personnel: (Collective:) Miles Davis, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor and soprano saxophones; Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, electric piano, organ; Herbie Hancock, electric piano; John McLaughlin, electric guitar; Dave Holland, bass; Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Chambers, drums; Teo Macero, tambourine.
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.