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In A Silent Way

Miles Davis

1969

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In A Silent Way

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3.64

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5

A masterpiece of creativity; not just the act (all albums do that, I suppose) but the feeling, the process, the thrill. Tune in and tag along as Miles & co head to destinations unknown, laying their tracks as they go, their reach just far enough ahead of their grasp that they don't fall off. Not that the journey feels precipitous, heading for the end of an unfinished bridge, oncmoing train, or slathering mouth of a recently landed outer-space monster. And that's because of THE crucial detail: we're following Miles, who's following his nose, which is the nose of a genius. So unless you're a genius (unlikely, no offense) you ain't felt nothin' like this before.

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5

An enthralling listen. Even if you don't know/care about its legendary status as the first jazz-rock fusion album, you will enjoy the music.

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5

Miles Davis was smack in the middle of a period of profound transformation musically speaking when In A Silent Way Came Out. Inspired by his young drummer, Tony Williams, Davis was steadily abandoning the advanced harmonic underpinnings of jazz and emphasizing rock and R&B grooves in his music, putting him in the vanguard of the first wave of jazz fusion. The main thing he kept from the 2nd great quintet (Shorter, Williams, Davis, Carter, Hancock) was how the tunes themselves were just templates meant to be fleshed out in performance, and that is the case with a vengeance on In A Silent Way. The first tune, Shhh / Peaceful is 18 minutes and 15 seconds of one chord and a groove. It doesn't get any more basic than that. The only reason it works is because of the musicians: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Tony Williams, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, and Dave Holland are seven of the greatest musicians to ever pick up an instrument. Each one is a monster player, composer, and band leader in his own right. Even so, there is precious little grandstanding on Shhh / Peaceful. Instead, the musicians weave around one another gracefully, painstakingly building the groove and providing peerless atmospherics that, in hindsight, sound almost proto-ambient. It's a little like slowly turning over the Hope diamond watching an ever changing light show through the facets. The other cut, In A Silent Way, starts with John McLaughlin stating the bucolic folk like melody over an open tuning on guitar. Originally, McLaughlin used Zawinul's jazzy chord changes, but Miles kept goading McLaughlin to go simpler, simpler. Finally, almost as a joke, McLaughlin went with an open E major chord and the rest is history. About ten minutes in, the R&B groove of It's About That Time kicks in. The band swings like crazy before ending the album with a reprise of the main theme. It's hard to overstate how successful Davis is here. On his first attempt at a communally based, performance driven, open ended rock and R&B influenced music, he comes up with a stone classic, only equaled and arguably surpassed by Bitches Brew a year later.

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5

Excellent album. Excellent moods. Seamless movement from expression to expression and every instrument contributing in a way that makes them each stand out on their own and yet somehow simultaneously get lost in a blend that is something infinitely more than the sum of those parts. Something approximating the music a rat might hear when they trying cheese and grapes together.

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4

This was chill, but not too chill. Jazz fusion wasn't as bad as I expected, and the brass instruments really shone through without having an irritating timbre. Also, the cat really liked it. Curled up like the roundest little cinnamon roll.

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5

Miles the Magnificent

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5

I ended up listening to 5 hours of Miles Davis. Smooth music

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2 songs. 38 mins. flex

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2

When it locks into a groove, this is fine stuff. But there's too much mumbling around for this to be a fun listen. I always thought Miles was overrated and this does nothing to change my mind.

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I just can’t do this. Improvisational jazz is the oil to my water. The first couple minutes of In A Silent Way is my favorite part of the album.

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I don’t understand jazz. This sounds like a 40 minute warm up

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5

A legendary jazz record

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5

Perfect Sunday morning vibes. What a joy

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5

Finally, another jazz album, and one that I dearly love. Miles Davis never ceases to amaze me with the diversity of approaches to jazz that he was able to master 5/5

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Hjkk

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5

Esse cara é foda.

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5

incredible

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5

Good solid jazz listen.

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5

Only two songs, but amazing. The sections weave seamlessly together.

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5

Nutty album. Low 5 from me

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5

This is a beautiful, dreamy album. It's one of his first forays in jazz fusion and it's a winner. I've listened to it enough times to know that this Aussie gives it five bags of Pods out of five.

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I CUM

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5

Sooo good

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5

Magnificent. So chilled!

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5

The LP mixes are lo g but very worth it. Contemplating putting on my playlist

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5

A hypnotic album that sits at the end of one era and the beginning of the next, while remaining its own thing.

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5

Very Jazz. Really enjoyed it. Great background music whilst I work. Must revisit. It was a soundscape.

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5

Very nice tunes, special for letting the mind go

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5

Ambiance jazz music for days

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5

perfect

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Increíble

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5

I LOVE ELECTRIC MILES! The music feels like drugs without the drugs. This period always feels fresh and exciting no matter how many times you listen.

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5

Infelizmente não consigo ouvir o gênero sem tratá-lo como música ambiente. MAS É UMA BAITA MÚSICA AMBIENTE!!

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5

damn good

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5

Miles! MILES!!

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5

There was nothing I didn't like, fantastic vibes

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5

Lovely and relaxing, o my had ever listened to kind of blue

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5

Was a little confused when it was 30+ minutes but only two songs. Then I listened and was straight vibin

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5

Pushing the boundaries of Jazz but still accessible. Mind blowing. There's only two tracks so for this one I only chose one. Best Tracks: Shhh/Peaceful

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Good

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5

moody great rainy day album

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5

Wow, this album is stellar. Two tracks, the musicians all seem so in-tune with each other, but it all feels so relaxed and original. (This list is really getting me into Miles I guess?) 4.5/5

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5

Two songs, too good. Generational talent.

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5

To sanger på ~20 minutter hver? Elsk! Det er lite variasjon på denne plata, men hvert spor baserer seg på enkle idéer som blir utviklet etterhvert som tiden går, og det er spennende å høre hvordan instrumentene hopper rundt den samme idéen. Alle instrumentene får tid til å skinne, elsker hvordan de komplimenterer hverandre gjennom små licks og call/responses. Dette er virkelig musikk som man virkelig må lytte til. Fikk en mye bedre opplevelse av å fokusere på musikken, fremfor å ha den på i bakgrunnen.

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5

Life is a river, and you can either yield to the currents or kick against it. Miles knows that, and finds that by yielding to the currents you wind up down all manner of tributaries you never expected to go down, and drift past sights you’d never have the time to notice if you’re kicking. And anyway, you all end up at the same place downriver anyway. It’s the journey isn’t it? Suffice to say, I loved it.

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5

Ethereal, spare, transcendental. Jazz but not Jazz. Ambient textures, moods over melody. A masterpiece in minimalism that continues to influence. Its ground breaking cut and paste production stitched together by Teo Macero was ahead of its time, much like this album. Bitches Brew would send out musical shockwaves across the world six months later, but all the elements of that record, albeit more restrained, were present here first.

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5

A masterpiece! Entrancing, intoxicating grooves

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I find it difficult to write about jazz because the whole world of it seems so untouchable, so magnificent that mere words cannot describe the blood, sweat, and tears put into the records around this time. Miles Davis is, of course, a household name in this regard. His work can be appreciated around the world, and this is an album for the books. It's so simple, yet so much is happening underneath the surface, it's surreal. I can't not call it perfection. Miles Davis is a master of sound. What more can I say?

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5

Miles Davis' work is always intriguing to me, and I'm so glad I was introduced to this album. He was always evolving and experimenting, maintaining his artistry at each step. What a treasure.

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5

Wow! This, I really like. Great ambient music. Played this constantly all day, and despite the repetitive riffs, it never bores - always something new going on behind it. My only disappointment is not being able to make out John McLaughlin's guitar at all over the whole album. One of the greatest ever, and I can't hear him at all! Otherwise, flawless. Just wonderful.

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5

I am not well versed in music theory, or any of that kind of smart music. That being said, there are several jazz albums that I really like, and In A Silent Way is one of them. There's something so lively about the music and perfect about this album that fails to come through on a lot of other jazz "classics" in my opinion. While the mix isn't perfect, it makes the songs feel more lived in if that makes any sense at all. I want to liken it to a hole in the wall that you find walking downtown and enter the most beautiful jazz club with the best jazz you've ever heard. The gut reaction is to live in that moment and take it all in, but since its a live jazz improvisation, you want to get a recording of it, so you put your phone down on the table to maybe capture some of the magic of the moment. Words are difficult. I really enjoyed this jazz album, and I hope you do too. Highlights: 1, and 2.

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5

So beautiful

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5

Awesome jazz album! Only two tracks, which is pretty wild. Highly recommend

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5

Sometimes my favorite MD album, always reveals new and interesting elements with each new listen. Until yesterday Bitch's Brew was new to me but not new to me because In a Silent Way is an old favorite cloth. Bitches Brew might be more ambitious and more varied but I still prefer In a Silent Way for its more consistent mood and its the beautiful atmosphere it creates in each song. No brainer; 5 stars

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The album one would listen during a lonesome walk through a crisply lit alley

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5

Sometimes my favorite MD album, always reveals new and interesting elements with each new listen. Until yesterday Bitch's Brew was new to me but not new to me because In a Silent Way is an old favorite cloth. Bitches Brew might be more ambitious and more varied but I still prefer In a Silent Way for its more consistent mood and its the beautiful atmosphere it creates in each song. No brainer; 5

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5

Enjoyable album

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5

Ничего не понял, но очень классно

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5

Vibey.

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5

Beautiful, an album uniquely it's own. Yet another reason for why Miles Davis is such a musical icon

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5

Cracker

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5

Sat afternoon chill crossword

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5

5.0 - If “In A Silent Way" sounds like the onset of sweet slumber, "Bitches' Brew" is your feverish nightmare. I hear many similarities between the two records - the echoey trumpet, the interplay between electric organ and guitar, the approach to composition involving the stitching together of recordings from different sessions. Whereas BB rejoices in chaotic explosions and jagged textures, "In A Silent Way" floats in a gentle and hushed dreamscape.

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5

Masterpiece!

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5

Cool jazz!

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5

Like a soundtrack to the best neo noir film never made.

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5

Shhhhhhhhhhhh Quiet jazz for when you don’t want to be loud Shhhhhhhhhhhhh

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5

Really vibey. I got lost in the middle of the songs because they were so great, but the ends of the songs were pretty boring

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5

This album cover must be where Wilf Zaha got his famous pained expression from. the one that says, i'm hurt and innocent and i can't believe someone would do that to me because i'm a saint. the album is more berbatov than wilf zaha. smooth, a bit weird and smoking a cigarello. just like berbatov i like this album more than zaha

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5

nice.... this is so easy to listen to, makes me understand Miles Davis as a thing, so many of his "top hits" are pretty esoteric to come into cold not having heard his foundational stuff. Really happy to be made aware of this one!!!

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5

Two tracks totalling 38 minutes or so. Both beautiful, varied, lush and full of energy. Never heard these pieces before, and loved listening to them. Highly recommended

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5

Can’t go wrong with any of this. Driving, chilling, working, eating, partying, unwinding. It’s always a good time to put on Miles.

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5

A beautiful album.

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5

Bitches Brew gets a lot of acclaim, but this transition album sees the advent of fusion. Here we can see the development from modal jazz forms to include more blues, funk, and even some rock elements. This album is also more accessible.

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5

I love the first song

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5

Man, this 1001 albums thing is getting me to reconsider jazz. Maybe my mood was right today...on another day I might have complained that essentially they're noodling around a couple of themes for 20 minutes, but the word that kept coming to my mind was CAPTIVATING. Both pieces just evoked certain moods and I found myself transfixed throughout my first listen. Time went by faster than I expected - I was actually surprised each piece was over, even though both clock in at almost 20 minutes (can't believe they recorded this thing in a day). Again, maybe I just caught it on exactly the right day at exactly the right time, but it connected with me. Second listen (a little more background this time - I had work to do!) was just as enjoyable and I was again surprised when it was over. Gotta give it a 5 for that captivating feeling. Wow.

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5

This is not only one of my favorite Jazz albums but is up there as one of my favorite albums of all time. The mood that is created from the opening organ to the final notes on side two takes me somewhere that I cannot put into words. I say Jazz album because that's how it is categorized (or as fusion) but it's a different entity altogether. I find it unfortunate that this album is usually shadowed by Bitches Brew which follows mainly because it's more experimental and is generally regarded as a landmark in fusion but this album seems to have come from another world or another time. You don't know if it's the future or the distant past because at the same time it sounds timeless. I think 10, 100, 500 years this album continue to amaze people with it's beauty, subtly, and gentleness.

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5

Big Miles Davis fan. I don't listen to him as much as I should. It's funny how in jazz an album with just two tracks is regarded highly whereas in rock it's regarded as pretentious. Anyway, "In A Silent Way" is always a good one. I like how each piece gets their chance to shine. It's nice to hear the guitar in there along with sax and trumpet. A classic for me.

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5

Magnificent fusion jazz album. Very atmospheric, music speaks for itself, the reflective melancholic vibe comes through 100%. Miles Davis being genius as always.

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5

Very nice. One of my favorites

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5

Oh, this is lush! I could listen to this looped all day. Love those repetitive bass lines that come in and just get everything grooving. Reminds me of afrobeat, a little. Fave track - The "It's About That Time" section of track 2 SLAPS.

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5

Jazz de Miles Davis. Vinilo.

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5

Miles Davis, a name associated with jazz greatness even via hearsay puts all rumors to rest here. Truth be told, this is more than jazz. Sure, the elements of jazz are here but this is somehow more. Jazz is highly specific in the type of fan it garners, but "In A Silent Way" seems to reach beyond that. Jazz tends to get lost on most people, this reviewer included, but where this album shines is that there is a constant guide through both tracks that helps maintain bearings. While not the repetitive grandeur of Ravel's "Bolero", "In A Silent Way" keeps to a formula and builds on it layer after layer after layer giving this album a newness at each depth worth exploring over and over.

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5

I never feel up to the task writing down my thoughts about giant albums like this. What can I say that’s not already been said? In cases like this, I just stay away from all reviews and scribble down my disjointed thoughts as I listen. This album is a music painting. I can hear the colors. The sounds are stroke patterns and wet paint, layer by layer, from the undefined center to the consummate edges.

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5

Masterpiece. Loved this bad boy for years. I used to drive the wife crazy by singing along to all the instrumental lines.

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5

Spacey organ piano trumpet mishmash. A trippy sound and Miles Davis classic. Interesting electronic vibe.

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5

My copy is a bit worn out, isn't it? I might prefer On A Corner, but this is still ace. Nothing I could say about it that hasn't been said before.

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5

One word: Beautiful

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5

Wantlist

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5

EASY 5++++. Spiritual.

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5

-amazing instrumentals and Davis is outstanding on the trumpet -fav song: both

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5

This is my second Miles Davis album and I really enjoyed it. Been listening to it off and on all day and it is really wonderful. Turns out a little jazz is a great addition to my life!

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5

Beautiful and mesmerizing. Each time it ended, I just wanted it to start over again. That happened four times.

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5

The whole fusion jazz style can be a bit challenging for me, especially on the first listen of a track. I found the two tracks on the album quite palatable from the get-go though. I can totally see me putting this one on again in the future and getting to know it even better.

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5

It's hard to say a lot about something that's perfect. It just sits there and overwhelms you with its quality and you can't help but be in awe. Miles Davis is one of those genius creators who's made multiple perfect pieces, this being just one of them. Loved every second of this album.

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5

Ohhh hell yeah.. The band he assembled for this album is unreal, Mclauglin, Shorter, Corea, Hancock, Zawinul... Given the talent in the room it's amazing how space is left for each other and how they weave in and out. I love it.

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4

I’m not a huge jazz guy but you can’t deny miles Davis’ brilliance. Besides, this is some top tier background music

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4

Instrumental Jazzy thing. Not bad. Studying music really.

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4

A beautiful, mellow soundscape. Not dominated by Miles' trumpet, but is controlled by his mood and vision for our to arrange an ensemble.

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4

Calming for the soul

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4

Dense 9/10

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4

2 tracks. Now that's commitment!

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4

guitar, rhodes, upright, organ, drums & trumpet. Lots of breathing room. Not dominated by Miles. Extreme panning as was popular back then. Drummer seems hooked on the 16th hihats.. gives a kind of Lalo Schiffrin Dirty Harry feel. My favourite parts are probably on the 2nd track where the band breaks down into an almost ambient vibe.

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4

Relaxing and enjoyable.

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4

Love miles

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4

Dig it

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4

I dug this album. More listenable to me that some of the more ambling jazz that Miles has done.

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4

Really good

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4

I really like this album. The musicianship is brilliant. Not always an easy listen but there is a lot of stuff going on. Definitely best experienced with a set of really good headphones to immerse yourself in.

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4

was alright, nothing riveting. But worth listening. Jazzy and soulful.

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4

Brings me back!

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4

Awesomness.

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4

Ah, that's the good stuff right there.

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4

Love the guitar on ‘in a silent way’ - in reading about this recording, Miles and the guitar player could not get on the same page and the tracks they used were the ones he played when Mikes told him to “play it like a novice” - guitarist was John McLaighlin

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4

Bängeri. Chilli jazz (eller något i den stilen som säkert har bättre namn)

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Pensé que había un error en Spotify ... ¿sólo 2 temas? ¿uno en cada cara del vinilo? Pues no. Eso es todo, dos temas de unos 20 minutos para mezclar jazz, rock, ¿rock progresivo?. Soy un amante del jazz que no sabe casi nada de jazz y este disco me ha encantado.

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4

I like it a lot but it’s not something I could listen to all the time.

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4

Love Miles Davis

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4

Oniric and relaxing record from the master of jazz

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4

I enjoyed it

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4

A banger, but maybe the longest banger ever

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4

I thought this was a really sick jazz album. It was so moody and emotional, loved that.

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4

Really good. Second track is stronger. 4+

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4

bitches brew lite

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4

Mmmmm Pow. Nice. Suuuuuuperb.

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4

I've not heard this one before. I really like it, and an amazing lineup, particularly on keys.

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4

His first jazz fusion album. Better length than Bitches Brew but not as inventive hence just shy of 5 again

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4

oooh - nice - love me some Miles Davis! and 2 tracks...i assume side A and Side B are just a single track on vinyl...so cool

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4

Great album, very enjoyable. It's amazing how much variety there is in Miles Davis' discography. This one is one of my favourites, I like the longer compositions and relaxed atmosphere, reminds me a little of sun's jazzier stuff

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4

jazzy! two songs takes 45 mins!

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4

To be honest, this Miles record felt a lot more satisfying to me than Bitches Brew. It's clear he's pushing the edges of what qualifies as jazz with some interesting guitar work, but the structures just work a lot more for me. At least from my current vantage point -- I once again reserve the right to change my mind after spending more time with both.

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4

Nice

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4

Total pimp move to only have two songs on an album. This is my only feedback

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4

Jazz jazz jazz

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4

Mesmerising. Experimental. Not as immediately accessible as Kind of Blue to my ears but he takes you on a journey and spits you out feeling renewed. All in the space of 30 mins or so. This one’s staying on the list. The future may come back and tell you it’s a 5.

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4

Not something I'll spend much time on but it's obviously great.

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4

Would give a 4.5 if I could

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4

Very good

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4

It's Miles freaking Davis. It's great. He's truly one of the most purely talented and emotive musicians ever and this pair of long form tracks highlights his ability to adapt to shifting times (first track dabbles in jazz fused with the "space music" that was being explored by composers and some early ambient/electronic pioneers at the time and a second, more traditionally blended jazz-rock track). It's not his best work sure, but it's still beautifully composed, expertly played jazz. The man can't disappoint.

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4

Great album, I'm not really into Jazz, but this was fantastic to listen to.

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4

In a Silent Way sounds a bit like "Taps" at times to me. Not generally a jazz guy, but this is great.

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4

very good and ambient

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4

really good, the cymbals at the beginning had me groovin at the pool

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4

In a silent way 12/10

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4

Experimental.. fun... thanks

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4

Extremly comforting and relaxing

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4

Very expertly crafted, hypnotic, yet not too repetitive, excellent for setting a mood. The solos are sexy but not overly showy, and the texture is thick with cool.

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4

Really nice and peaceful. I don't normally "get" classic jazz, but Miles Davis seems to be an exception.

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4

What great music! And what a nice surprise, to find a Miles Davis album I never heard before!

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I'm not much into jazz, but this was great.

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I dig it

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4

First time hearing this. Insanely impressive. Recorded in one session according to Wikipedia, unreal. Was somewhat surprised to hear electric guitar, but this is a bit of a rock crossover album it seems. Miles’ work on the trumpet steals the show, it’s like listening to how a hug feels. and whoever is on sax is also incredible.

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4

Not a full album

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4

Felt like there wasn't much to 'chew on' during the album, but I recognized and liked several recurring phrases, and generally enjoyed the listen!

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4

Incredible

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4

Strong 4 or weak 5. Ian recommended a year or so ago and Jess couldn’t get into it. Now, everything is different

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4

A quite pleasant jazz album

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4

There's never been a musician quite like Miles. This is a showcase of just that: It's clearly a transitional piece but is no less canonical for it. I'm partial to music which turns harder one way or the other, and the first side of this record stays on one harmonic plane but also doesn't attempt a studio skronk-out. That makes it less than perfectly dynamic as a recording, but all the electric touchstones are there. Shhh fades out and the title track, another great piece of music, emerges. The players emphasize their chops most during the middle section of that second track, but always keep things restrained. And thus they get to something unexpected: a combination of jazz and rock that becomes something "classical".

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4

Too dumb for fusion Jazz. I didn’t dislike listening to this but as usual I don’t feel like I really know what is going on and a lot of it feels like just meandering improvisation. Presumably as brilliant as the jazz heads say.

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4

Good listen. Only 2 songs for an album though

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4

I want more jazz

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4

I love Miles Davis

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4

Groovy

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4

Jazzy, mellow, dit kan je de hele avond op repeat op de achtergrond zetten.

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4

Miles is probably my least favorite of the iconic jazz giants, but this is him at his best.

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Jazzy

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¿Qué hacía mal Miles en lo musical? Poco, aunque yo todavía de jazz no controle demasiado. Es precioso, es que no le pudo poner 'peros'

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I had to take some time with this one. Yes, I'm inviting that dread phrase "rewards repeated listenings." But this is not an album that generates an adrenalin rush. It is an album that requires a more patient approach. The warmth of the album took me two playthrough to get. But when it did, it hit me like a heatwave. Likewise, the playfulness and the intricacy. I shall hold off on giving it the full five stars, but it's definitely at least a high 4, and I reserve the right to amend that in the future. Speaking of which, as I have now rated 50 albums, I'll do a bit of a tidy-up and give revised opinions on certain albums. Ella Fitzgerald - The Gershwin Songbook: raised from 3 stars to 4 (the very first album I received, and a terrible choice for a first album, being three hours and such. I can accept I was unfair due to algorithmic misfortune.) Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III: dropped from 4 stars to 3 (the second half really doesn't work, though the first half rocks like a bastard.) Cee Lo Green - Cee Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine: dropped from 4 stars to 3 (To Pimp a Butterfly is a better, more interesting album, and that merits a three. Also, I'm so tired of the gangster posturing. You're meant to be a soul singer, not a drug mule or whatnot.) Dire Straits - Dire Straits: raised from 1 star to 2 (I wanted to give it a kicking, and I still do, but it can't be compared to something genuinely abysmal like Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.) Elton John - Madman Across The Water: raised from 2 stars to 3 (I admit Elton John isn't my bag, but I can appreciate why some people go for it. Also, the album has the same faults as Led Zep III, and I gave that three stars).

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Jazz album with two long jams that are broken up into a few parts on each album side. Miles Davis is great, not big on jazz personally but it is an excellent piece of music.

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Lots if work is put into it. Never listen to jazz, so well done.

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Only two tracks so it's hard to give this a fair ranking. I liked the second one better, but both are really good. Nice and relaxing, but interesting at the same time. 1st song is a 4 and 2nd song is a 5. That's easy math: 4.5 stars.

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It's like every episode of Hillstreet Blues in my ears.

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I'm a novice for jazz, but this one is a no-brainer as far as classic jazz records. Haven't listened to a lot of Miles, but with the help of music streaming services, this will change. A nice way to spend an hour in the afternoon!

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2 numbers, each entrancing! Really like "In a silent way" -- it's the peaceful one to me, while "Shh / Peaceful" has that push 1/16th note rhythm going hard the whole time, which makes the title ironic, but the trumpet does bring a peaceful layer over it.

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It was solid but my jazz exposure is lite and therefore I’m not able to compare it well. I thought at the best it was very nostalgic feeling.

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I liked it, not too screechy

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Helped le a lot during math revisions

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I admit this is the first time I ever listened to Miles Davis. I learned two things. One, he is damn good. Two, I still don't know jazz. It's like giving me a sample of wine and asking me to swirl and smell and judge. I don't really know. I knows what I like and I likes this. But it's hard for me to judge on a scale. I did particularly enjoy the different segments in In a Silent Way (segments a bit too subtle for me in Shhh/Peaceful). It's also pretty cool how much a trumpet can stand out, especially contrasted against a low pulsing backdrop.

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Shhhh/paceful

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Just a classic. Nothing to special. I like that.

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not usually into jazz but I really liked the ambience of this.

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Chill jazzy background music. I dig it.

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Great album!

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Soothing songs

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Interesting, can hear some Krautrock origins in the fusion arrangements

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8/10, Davis definitely perfected jazz fusion with later releases. Yet as a first foray however, this shows a precocious level of competence and confidence of vision. Electrical striations dance around Miles while he's breaking in feverish licks on Shhh/Peaceful. In a Silent Way broaches mournful melodies before descending into a whirlpool of strumming, electric tensions before an all time great rhythmic break at the 13 minute mark. We then return to the contemplative afterwards, calmly bidding adieu with a coda and final moments of quietude. An album worth popping in on a productive Sunday afternoon

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Great jazz fusion album. The album has only two songs (both with 19min). I loved the first one, but it took me a couple of listens to digest and enjoy the second one. Will definitely listen more of Miles Davis.

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Wow I actually really enjoyed this and may have redeemed my Miles Davis faux pas of just not liking it.. I was pretty pissed listening to this on the way home from Will's birthday but it made an impact.

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I absolutely looooove this. I can't believe it's only two tracks. And they're both 40 mins or so and it flew by and felt like 2 mins to me listening. I never listened to Miles Davis with purpose before and I do find some of the other tracks more stressful but this album is just beautiful to me.

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This was very easy listening, and absolutely my jam.

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two twenty-minute tracks lol. This album feels straight freestyle jazz. Not the biggest jazz fan though I can appreciate it for what it is.

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This was pretty good though I didn't really recognize any of the music. 7/10.

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Float, float on. Pretty impressive construction here and some neat transitions.

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A nice chill album with good drums and the horns bounced very nicely

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I like this. I saw it flash up and thought 'Oh.....Jazz'.....but it's soothing and really positive imo. I'm not knowledgeable about Jazz but I think what they are trying here was really brave and paved the way for a lot more to come. Reading Wiki it was the first Fusion album with elements of electronic, rock without the jazz swing and I think it really works. Put this on and chill........

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4.75

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Better than expected, definitely liked second track more. This is the amount of Jazz I want to listen to, and then take a break.

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One of the albums that changed music. Miles' incorporation of electric guitar and electric piano into his band essentially creates fusion and does the previously unthinkable. I personally believe that the influence of Betty Mawbry on Miles at this point is massive. She introduces him to rock musicians, changes his wardrobe and expands his thinking about what music can be. Surprisingly, Miles first foray into fusion is meditative and exploratory. The loud funky explosions of Bitches Brew and On The Corner are yet to come, but this first album changes everything. Teo Macero's editing is (as with those later albums) pretty astonishing in itself.

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4.5

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"What's your favorite track from the album?" "Shhh." *whispers* "What's your favorite track from the album?" It was a lovely coincidence that I started my Miles Davis journey with Kind of Blue not two weeks ago, and then got to experience this great and controversial transition to electricity that happened a decade after that album. I was a bit nervous that I wouldn't like it. I keep waiting for that jazz album that I'll hate, but this wasn't it. I love the funkiness added with the electric pianos and guitar. I really thought it was a proper fusion, giving it an unmistakable contemporary (to 1969) sound. I did prefer Side A to Side B, which I found a little draggy, but I certainly did enjoy the whole thing.

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Such a great record. I can see how it may have been different and new and perhaps controversial at the time. To me, though, it’s just an enjoyable jazz record I could put on while reading a book, having dinner, turning up loud and really listening to.

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Modern Jazz is just too exciting for me to really get into this. I respect the talent tho

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Silent and chill

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jazz not really my thing but this is quite intersting at times and easy to listen to

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Jazz fusion, jazz with electric instrumentation and back beat. Good background music.

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The album is exactly what I think of when I hear 'Jazz'. In that regard, I think that is a good thing. On the other hand, it wasn't terribly exciting.

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Another jazz album that's correct background music.

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Pleasant enough, didn’t make me angry or anxious which can sometimes happen with jazz.

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Well jazz is definitely not my thing. I have no idea where to start even comprehending what I heard. I mean, it probably is technically pure genius and all that other jazz (LOL), but I'm just too incompetent to understand it.

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lombrado ne dificil

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Ubeat/chill mix across both tracks, guitar-y for Miles Davis. Ironside incidental music. Good for Liverpool->Southport train. 6/10

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I didn't like this album as much as kind of blue. Miles Davis is still one of the best when it comes to trumpet and cool jazz.

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It was good, but not what I look for in Jazz. Not super chill, and not super funky, so I don't know when would be the best time to listen to it.

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Not my normal listening but quite enjoyed it.

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Surprised when the album ended after two songs. Nice to listen to while working but wouldn't choose this over others.

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Intricate blend of bluesy piano, saxophone, and guitar create a wonderfully jazzy soundscape however music and sound a little frustrating at times.

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First time I’ve actually listened to Miles Davis even though I’ve heard his name referenced for so long on the Simpson’s!

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Totally fine. Kind of Blue is definitely a better Miles Davis album

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I don't think I have the ability to appreciate jazz enough and listening to this I can begin to but I still struggle to find differences in this compared to other jazz. Hopefully I will get more jazz albums that I will be able to start learning more about jazz.

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Not bad. Would listen again if it was on.

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2 songs 38 minutes? king behavior

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2 long Jazz songs that made nice background music

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I'm on board. An interesting listen that i will probably go back to.

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First impressions: A lot more organ and guitar than I've ever heard in a jazz album. Seemingly the beginnings of jazz "fusion". Not my favorite Miles Davis. His trumpet sounds harsher and can be downright annoying at times. Never felt this way in Kind of Blue.

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dont know much about jazz but enjoyed this especially as background music while working

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A true classic, I actually discovered this album through Bill Laswell's "Panthalassa" reworks. Then I went straight to the source. It brings back some memories of good old days.

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Jazzy. Very moody

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Classy music to work by

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Jazz. Simplemente agradable. Dos temas de 15 min cada uno.

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Too mindful for me

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Fine for background listening but i can't give it more than a three tbh

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Como para estar en la playa con un mojito bien cargado

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5

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nice jazz but the piano was a it too discordant which set me on edge so not a fully enjoyable listen for me

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some of these long tracks just make you lose track of time. not frenetic jazz like a few newer releases from Miles Davis.

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Jazzy but not a huge fan, very slow

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Va?! Det är ju bara två låtar wth Långa tho... Helt ok, hade gett 3,5 men men

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3/5 nice jazz sounds, but not special.

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Miles Davis is a name you’ve heard many times before but have not necessarily listened to his music. Like me, you probably knew he played a saxophone...or was it a trumpet? And that he is also a jazz musician. I must admit I did not know anymore than this before listening to this album. My mind was even more curious after discovering there are only two tracks listed on the lp. I can say this though...without coming anywhere remotely close to being an aficionado of jazz or classic instrumental music, I certainly can appreciate the ability and dedication needed to play an instrument at such a level even an outsider and self confessed non-lover of the genre finds it more than enjoyable and even moving in an emotional sense. Do yourself a favour...if you haven’t already. 3 Stars

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Gute Hintergrundmusik, überraschenderweise nicht wirklich viel mehr.

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Vielleicht waren meine Erwartungen gedämpft, nach dem Max seinem Kommentar. Aber ich fand es gar nicht Mal so schlecht! Krasse Soli und doch so gechillt!

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Only 2 'songs'! I liked it, though I'm not sure I understand it all...

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Good for what it is, not something I would listen to again

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Mellow and contemplative.

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More up pace jazz

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Nice progression across just two long tracks. Nice listen and great to relax, think, work.

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Maybe it's because I listened to it while studying and I've been listening to a lot of instrumentals, but it didn't really click for me

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This was a really interesting listen. I wasn't sure what to expect, and it's probably good I didn't have solid expectations because this album is all over the place. I liked it. I’m giving it 3 stars instead of 4 because I didn’t love all of it but I’d definitely listen to more Miles Davis in the future.

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Tyckte om albumet. Gillar verkligen Miles Davis men det här är inte mitt favoritprojekt av honom. Inte exakt den jazzen jag gillar. Endast två låtar som är på 20 min vilket inte jag gillar. 3/5

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long sax songs lol

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It sure is Miles Davis. I'm no jazz aficionado but most jazz sounds kinda similar to me (although I'm sure Miles Davis produces some of the best of it)

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3 stars for the massive influence, but definitely not the enjoyment factor

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Rating: 6/10

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Odotukset oli korkeammalla, olisin toivonut tykkääväni enemmän, mutta ei tämä sitten sen enempää fiiliksiä herättänyt. Mielestäni aika geneeristä jatsia, tiluttelua ja sen semmoista.

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I generally am not a fan of jazz albums. I feel like I don't have the necessary expertise to fully enjoy them, and as a result, I don't like the music. However, this one is an exception. I enjoyed it as it was lively when it needed to be and soothing when it wanted to be. My only gripe is that each song is just a bit long. Favorite track: In a Silent Way

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What more can you ask for

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Jazzy noir, like stumbling out of a bar in a neon-covered part of the city, fighting your way through there rain to the next bar.

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Jazz... Nice

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Chillade i bakgrunden medans essäer skrevs

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Ok 2 sange? Til gengæld lange... Mere som en Jam session. Elsker Miles, men det her bliver lige lovligt langt i spytter

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29. In a Silent Way - Miles Davis 2 tracks, (but 18 & 19 mins each). This is exactly why I'm doing @1001_albums_gen . Just Miles, his trumpet & some backing snare drum & keyboard. Really unusual/interesting & not something I would normally listen to at all. The use of the snare drum is brilliant and forms the basis for everything else to come and go as it pleases. It has a sort of hypnotic quality. 3/5

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Druga pozycja Davisowa na liscie, ale tym o wiele bardziej eksperymentalna, bo jest to fusion jazz oparty w duzej mierze na dzwiekach eleltrykowych, zarowno klawiszy, pan hancock, jak i gitarek, ale nie mozna takze odmowic niczego saksie pana Shorter jak i kunsztowi z jakim posluguje sie trabka pan Davis, ktorego nadal jest mi malo na tym nagraniu, 40 minutowy album dzieli sie na dwie czesci shhh/pacefull i tytulowy in a silent way, oba prawie dwudziestominutowe utwory sa podzielone na trzy czesci, co czuc zwlaszcza na tytulowym traku, natomiast shh ma bardziej jednolita kompozycje i subtleniejsze przejscia, wlasnie ta plyta rozpoczyna Milesowa elektryczna epoke, dzieki czemu stal sie niewatpliwa sila sprawcza rowniez w muzyce rozrywkowej, bo brzmienie fusion jazzu ktorego tutaj jest pionierem przewija sie zarowno przez funk, blues, a nawet r&b, ale jak dla mnie jest to plyta na ktorej za malo jest Milesa w Davisie, nagraniu brakuje jakiejs ekspresyjnosci, nie chodzi tu nawet o to ze jak cos jest zbyt perfekcyjnie zagrane, to brzmi to jak cos dopieszczonego przez producenta i bedacego owocem intensywnego overdubowania, ale jakos nie trafia do mnie motyw in a silent way ktory jest grany bardziej na modle rokowa niz jazzowa, no ale jesli stoisz w miejscu, to tak jakbys sie cofal, jesli wszystko inne idzie do przodu, tak samo jest z muzyka, wiec taka zmiana brzmienia jest calkiem zrozumiala, ale jednoczesnie nie jestem jej fanem, na plejke juz nic nie dodam, bo tytulowy in a silent way juz na niej jest, bo nie jest to moje pierwsze spotkanie z tym albumem, a czuje ze pan Davis jeszcze przynajmniej raz sie pojawi na liscie

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You're led to believe that Miles Davis is a genius, the primal exponent of a musical form and the template for a generation of artists to follow. But I must be missing something, as this felt like the B-side of the soundtrack to a forgettable Steve McQueen film. 38 minutes felt like much longer, and not in a good way.

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Oké album, maar niet speciaal

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After listening to four of his albums, I think I've learned that Miles Davis is the king of cracking a note and then cracking it again when the phrase is repeated so it sounds like the first one was on purpose. If my songs were 20 minutes long, I wouldn't want to do extra takes, either. Best track: Shhh / Peaceful

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It all sounds very similar. It was very easy listening while eating dinner and would make a nice environment if people were over. Wish I could give it a 3.5/5

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Enjoyable to a point, but the majority album made me feel very stressed, as though I was on the verge of a panic attack and that feeling felt like an eternity before letting up in the last few minutes. It evoked a journey in my mind but not one I'm interested in revisiting.

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Onthouden voor een romantisch diner, niet geschikt voor werk klussen.

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The birth of FUSION. Wasn't a huge fan but loved this from the Wikipedia page "Rock critics thought In a Silent Way sounded like rock, or at least thought Miles was nodding in their direction, and practically wet themselves with joy. Jazz critics, especially ones who didn't listen to much rock, thought it sounded like rock too, and they reacted less favorably"

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Plays constantly in my mind like a cocaine fuelled orgy with my parents and their good friends Jeff and Margaret. They sometimes dress up as farm yard animals. Jeff has enormous testicle. Margaret has a bucket cunt. It all makes for a rather good time.

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Got lost in the background and like 30 mins later it was still going. Pretty relaxing

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Nice jazz album from miles Davis. Not a lot of songs but it’s 40 minutes of nice flowing, easy listening jazz. It’s pretty good. 7.0/10

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Not his best but still decent.

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Hyvin toimi matkalla mökille. Mukavia maileja Milesin kaa!

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Im not a jazz guy but this actually good

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Jazz isn't my thing, but I do love the sound Miles got from his horn. Side one belongs to that omnipresent fizzing from the hi-hat and some of the coolest bass I've ever heard. I heard someone use the word "ambient" to describe the album. It is something you'd put on late at night while peacefully discussing with a couple of friends.

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Rustig, trekt een beetje op 'No Drum and Bass in the Jazz Room' van Clever Girl.

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Van has never referenced Miles Davies as an influence (they were more contemporaries anyway) but the similarities between the opening of 'in a silent way' and Van's 'haunts of ancient peace' are marked. I'm not accusing Van of plagiarism by any means as Van was able to build upon this beautiful ambient sound and craft one of his greatest recordings whereas Miles' jazzy leanings in the middle of his song are less interesting to me.

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Bien.

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Chill Jazz vibes. It's aight.

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джаз как джаз kind of blue у него лучше звучит а под этот альбом я сидел делал домашку, поэтому не вслушивался мб для этого он и создан, так как эти две песни не отвлекали меня крч 3/5

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Reckon this would have gone down a treat in the background when I was at uni getting stoned. Still pleasant, though the high hat 16s are irritating after a while. Miles' tone is always lovely.

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Hmmmm, guess it was better than some of the others

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Jazzy

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I flow three ways on Sunday and when the sun is shining I can't seem to find the phone or dial the right number. Then things shift and they continue moving in that direction, buzzing and clacking and who knows what else. For the twelfth time the underside is revealed and special things fall out. Better that way than if you payed attention. But for some, this is the way of the world. Improvisation! Play without thinking. Write without thinking. Live without thinking! But I have no artistic talent, so writing or playing without thinking just results in mush. Not so with Miles.

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Best Song: Shhh. These rules make less sense for an album like this, but the early portion of the album sounds almost alien and ethereal in its use of these technical blips and bloops. Worst Song: None. Overall: Definitely different from the Miles Davis I've listened to previously. The electric elements and rock fusion style definitely make it more easily listenable, but it also doesn't feel like it hits the same heights as Kind of Blue.

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Standard Miles here I think a good album with just 2 extended tracks meandering around their improvisations. Good Jazz but not sure I would have it in my top 1001! I suppose it is about time context but not one of my favourites on the list

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Not my favourite Jazz pieces, I preferred in a silent way to the first track. It doesn’t really have that flow to the stages in the music, it kinda sounds like you just cut up three separate songs and spliced them together

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I'm not really into it.

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Not a fan of Jazz, but this was a lot less offensive than I expected it to be. Wikipedia says it is a fusion record that ticked off some Jazz aficionados - good to hear. Certainly not a go to record, but better than the one or two stars I anticipated prior to listening. 2.5 and rounding up!

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Strong jazz music that isn't too out there for me.

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And there was me thinking that Coltrane album was wild for only having 4 tracks on it. I like the very soundscape-y feel this has, especially track 2. Sometimes dreamy, often slightly mysterious, but never threatening. Pixar-esque.

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Ik vond dit voor jazz-begrippen heel aanvaardbaar.

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Not my cup of tea

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would be a good sleeping album

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Put it on while working and was just something that zipped by...may have to revisit this one...but for now a 3.5.

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This was a huge shift for Miles. While I'm not crazy about where it ended up, I can appreciate this as the transition. McLaughlin and Zawinul are fantastic on it.

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Connor: Another album by a big artist that doesn't really live up to some of their other works. It's kinda repetitive and I'm not a huge fan of the instrumentation. There's also not that much Miles Davis on here, which is curious.

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Unimpressed. Maybe I just don’t understand it

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Good freestlye jazz kinda music. Not my thing, but quality.

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Nothing more than background music

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Still not a huge fan of Miles, but a landmark album that clear deserves to be on the list. But just background noise to me that I can't get into. Sorry!

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DNF. Super boring.

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Doot doot doot

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Meh. Just background music

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Not my cup of tea

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ok

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Meh. This made me feel like I was on hold with my insurance company

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Good music but I find it boring. The only way I'd play this again is if I had people over, wanted background noise, but nothing so distinct or interesting that it'd be distracting to me or my company. But still, better than Sonic Youth.

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Enjoyable. Good background music.

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It gets a 2* for the talent. Not my cup of tea for an album to listen to.

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false

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Jazz album met maar 2 platen van elk tegen de 20 minuten. Niet echt mn ding.

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Sounded nice but put me to sleep. Not really a jazz guy

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hmm, ikke så mye å vibe til. Var den ene tromma som irriterte meg noe sjukt. Var deilig når den ikke ble slått på. egentlig en 2,5, men gir den en 2 pga den ene tromma.

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Very chill. Enjoyable to listen to. Was like one big piece of music. Would listen to whilst studying, but not what I'd usually listen to though so probably won't rate it as high as it should be.

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Thought I’d get something more out of this

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It was a little too repetitive for me. I prefer Kind of Blue.

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Not my type of music

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No

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Not my favorite Miles Davis album

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So that was something's edgy only two song thou

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Good record

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It's basically just a 38 minute jam session. I know Miles Davis is a fantastic trumpeter, but this is just long and noodley.

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Nothing super stood out for me… but that being said I enjoyed this album and will revisit Miles Davis again for sure.

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Ilmeisen hienoa musiikkia josta en ymmärrä mitään. Kai ihan taidokasta pimputtelua ja läpsyttelyä. Kahteen kertaan jaksoin kuunnella läpi. Annettakoon piste per kuuntelukerta.

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Long but not bad

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I was in the right mood, but I still didn’t like it a lot.

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Ну тоже хуета, еще и короткая

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If you like that sort of thing, it's probably great, but I don't.

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Miles like jazz.

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I don´t like jazz

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Hard work

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Another jazz album that shows how little I know about jazz. I'd probably give this a 2.5 if I could. Don't know why, but I found it rather annoying at parts. Sorry jazz fans.

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not terrible but

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Harvoin tulee kahden kappaleen levyjä vastaan. Ei säväyttänyt

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Other half of the album is better. John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things started to play immediately after this album and after first few seconds it was clear that I would like the other album better. 2,5 stars.

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Strokes of Jazz brilliance that could be either pleasing or excruciating to the ear depending on taste and mood. It reminds of scenes in smoky bars with intoxicated people appreciating the genius sounds.

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Nope. While I guess I can appreciate the technical ability on display here, it's not, on any level, an enjoyable listening experience. Both tracks (because there are only two) are repetitive, atonal, empty of melody, and utterly lacking in structure. Saved from a one-star review because the musicianship is good. Too bad they didn't put those skills to better use.

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This was just 40 minutes of kinda nothing? I have to give it at least 2 because it wasn't outright bad and I could hear there was talent behind it... but 40min of what sounded like an improv jazz interlude was a bit much. 2/5.

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Jazz. Sure.

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Yeah nice, Jazz just does nothing for me in an album setting

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Estupendo trompetista muy influenciado en el jazz. No es un género que me aporte especialmente.

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I really, really dislike jazz fusion. As with Bitches Brew, this album is listenable purely because of Davis' playing. Other than that, I'll continue to run screaming from any album that contains the words "John McLaughlin" and "Chick Corea"!

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Ok wauw, een plaat met twee nummers. Overzichtelijk maar ook wat langdradig. Wel lekker wakker worden zo

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Beaucoup plus linéaire que Bitches Brew. Beaucoup moins intéressant aussi. On dirait qu’ils se sont dit : On va refaire ça, mais on ne va pas prévoir de phrases ou de punches. Ou encore, on va faire un jam de 4 heures et on va prendre deux petits bout de 20 minutes dans le milieu où il ne se passe rien de significatif. J’ai souvent comparé Bithes Brew à du Trip hop avant le temps. In a silent way serait plus comme du House.

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Eh it's a jazz album but with some electronic jazz. Thankfully it was not that long of an album.

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No matter how much the generator and the book try to get me to like Jazz, I just don't. I didn't turn it off, but I can't see a time I'll put it on again.

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Another jazz record. Got to the end of it so 2 stars.

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Haven't really got the taste for jazz yet

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A two song album spanning almost 40 minutes... A bit too experimental for me, especially the organ/synthesizers

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I just don't get this.

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Me entusisamaron las criticas que lei antes de escuchar este disco y habiendo escuchado kind of blue hace un tiempo pense en encotrarme algo mas fusion mas rock, pero es algo timido en ese sentido, es basicamente es lo que se podria esperar de parte de Miles pero apenas... mas electronico, me reservo los puntos para el proximo que Miles publico, pitches...

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i'm sorry but I barely lasted a minute before feeling like it certainly isn't an album for me.

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Jazz - meh.

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Das ist mir zu dünn

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This is probably one of the most ignorant things I could ever say but I genuinely reckon that if I knew how to technically play a trumpet then I could do what Miles does here. Inane.

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Gepingel. Ik denk dat dit pure Jazz is, maar niet zo mijn ding. Iets te vaag. *

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Oops.. couldn't get through it.

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what the hell am i even listening to here

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Álbum (?) bueno, aunque sentí que las dos canciones eran básicamente la misma.

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I love Miles Davis but don't love this album. The guitar bugs me.

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