In a Silent Way

In a Silent Way

by Miles DavisMiles Davis

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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In a Silent Way may be the spaciest album Miles Davis ever made. Augmenting his quintet with guitarist John McLaughlin and electric pianist Joe Zawinul, Davis dispensed with individual songs of conventional length, instead having the band stretch out on four lengthy tracks. Despite the additional players, everything about the music is stripped-down: Harmony, rhythm, and melody become secondary to impressionistic texture. The intertwining tracks conjure up visions of the vast expanse of the cosmos, with keyboard lines darting about like shooting stars and evocative solos shimmering like the tails of comets. While bassist Dave Holland and drummer Tony Williams map out the barest of funk patterns, Davis and Wayne Shorter, who lays down his first recorded soprano work, devise lyrical improvisations whose open-ended manner adds greatly to the album's overall sense of mystery. Considering Davis's epochal Bitches Brew was just around the corner, In a Silent Way can be heard as the calm right before the storm.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998655621
catalogNumber: 86556

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Herbie Hancock   Electric Piano
Dave Holland   Bass
John McLaughlin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Williams   Drums
Joe Zawinul   Organ,Electric Piano
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Reissue Producer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Russ Payne   Engineer,Remixing
John Ephland   Liner Notes
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager,Package Manager
Val Wilmer   Back Cover
Frank Glenn   Liner Notes
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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