This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

In A Silent Way

Miles Davis

1969

In A Silent Way

Album Summary

In a Silent Way is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis, released on July 30, 1969, on Columbia Records. Produced by Teo Macero, the album was recorded in one session date on February 18, 1969, at CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City. Macero edited and arranged Davis's recordings from the session to produce the album. Marking the beginning of his "electric" period, In a Silent Way has been regarded by music writers as Davis's first fusion recording, following a stylistic shift toward the genre in his previous records and live performances. Upon its release, the album was met by controversy among music critics, particularly those of jazz and rock music, who were divided in their reaction to its experimental musical structure and Davis's electric approach. Since its initial reception, it has been regarded by fans and critics as one of Davis's greatest and most influential works. In 2001, Columbia Legacy and Sony Music released the three-disc box set The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions, which includes additional tracks.

Wikipedia

Rating

3.64

Votes

5449

Genres

  • Jazz
Reviews
Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
Fri May 21 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Sat Feb 20 2021
2

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

👍
View Author
Thu Apr 22 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Sat Sep 11 2021
2

2 songs. 38 mins. flex

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 05 2022
2

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.

👍
View Author
Fri Apr 29 2022
2

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.

👍
View Author
Mon Nov 23 2020
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.

👍
View Author
Sat May 15 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 16 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 11 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Miles the Magnificent

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 24 2020
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 12 2022
2

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.

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 24 2022
2

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.

👍
View Author
Thu Nov 11 2021
1

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

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 12 2021
5

A legendary jazz record

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Perfect Sunday morning vibes. What a joy

👍
View Author
Tue Jun 01 2021
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

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Hjkk

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Esse cara é foda.

👍
View Author
Sat Jan 16 2021
5

incredible

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Good solid jazz listen.

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 12 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Nutty album. Low 5 from me

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 27 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 15 2021
5

I CUM

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Sooo good

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Magnificent. So chilled!

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 25 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Tue Jun 29 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 20 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Very nice tunes, special for letting the mind go

👍
View Author
Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Ambiance jazz music for days

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 15 2021
5

perfect

👍
View Author
Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Increíble

👍
View Author
Mon May 24 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 04 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 21 2021
5

damn good

👍
View Author
Thu May 27 2021
5

Miles! MILES!!

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 23 2021
5

There was nothing I didn't like, fantastic vibes

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 27 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 11 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Sun Apr 25 2021
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

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Good

👍
View Author
Fri Mar 19 2021
5

moody great rainy day album

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 29 2021
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

👍
View Author
Thu May 20 2021
5

Two songs, too good. Generational talent.

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 20 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Fri May 21 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon May 24 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon May 17 2021
5

A masterpiece! Entrancing, intoxicating grooves

👍
View Author
Wed Jul 28 2021
5

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?

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 10 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 17 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 23 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 13 2021
5

So beautiful

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 13 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 14 2021
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

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 16 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 22 2021
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

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Enjoyable album

👍
View Author
Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Ничего не понял, но очень классно

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Vibey.

👍
View Author
Thu Oct 07 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Cracker

👍
View Author
Sat Oct 16 2021
5

Sat afternoon chill crossword

👍
View Author
Fri Oct 22 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Masterpiece!

👍
View Author
Sat Oct 30 2021
5

Cool jazz!

👍
View Author
Sun Nov 14 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Sat Nov 20 2021
5

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

👍
View Author
Sun Nov 21 2021
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

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 30 2021
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

👍
View Author
Tue Dec 07 2021
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!!!

👍
View Author
Wed Dec 08 2021
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

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 11 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 12 2022
5

A beautiful album.

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 18 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 18 2022
5

I love the first song

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 21 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 21 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 21 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 28 2022
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Very nice. One of my favorites

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 08 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Jazz de Miles Davis. Vinilo.

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 16 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 02 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 03 2022
5

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

👍
View Author
Sat Mar 12 2022
5

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

👍
View Author
Wed Mar 23 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 29 2022
5

One word: Beautiful

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Wantlist

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 12 2022
5

EASY 5++++. Spiritual.

👍
View Author
Sat May 21 2022
5

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

👍
View Author
Sat Jun 04 2022
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!

👍
View Author
Sat Jun 04 2022
5

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

👍
View Author
Sat Jun 04 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Sun Jun 12 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Mon Jun 20 2022
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.

👍
View Author
Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Such a great album. Love the emotions in it. My first one here, and off to a great start!

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Miles Davis created so many of the all-time greatest jazz records and had so many different approaches. In a Silent Way is another one of those, standing alongside Birth of the Cool, Kind of Blue, Bitches Brew, and the underrated Dark Magus as masterpieces.

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 11 2022
5

I can separate the art from the artist enough to call Miles what he was- the GOAT. This is just one of many excellent works he conceived. A

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Really enjoyed the amazing line-up of personnel on this album. I had no idea so many great players were on here...and in 1969!

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 11 2022
5

I liked it

👍
View Author
Sun Jul 17 2022
5

Very glad I got this. Really need to familiarise myself with jazz more and this was the next album on my list. Shh/Peaceful is a track with real purpose and groove that builds and holds the listeners attention even over its runtime. What I find very clever is how minimal each instrument is but they are all played with a lot of purpose and they work really well together. No one instrument is ever played in a way that crowds out the others or played in a strained way which gives the track a really relaxed feel. The drumming is a real highlight for me. In a silent way is another very chilled track which once again utilises simplicity and repetition to give the song purpose and momentum. It builds to these grand moments where all of the instruments come together over a catchy keboard section. Davis builds the tenion excellently with the trumpet between these moments which are used sparingly to keep to listener wanting more. I also like the way the track begins with this quiet section and then returns to it at the end. It gives the feeling that this buzz of the main part of the track comes and goes but the listener is left with the peace of their own mind. That said I'm not as in love with the beginning/end section as the rest of the song as it is verging on aimlessness but I think it serves enough of a purpose that I'll forgive it. I'm really not a jazz person but this gripped me in a way I've never had in the genre before so much so I had go listen to it again straight away. A perfect album for a lazy morning or a quiet evening, it has a real aura of tranquility and mindfulness. Every note seems intentional and in harmony with eachother and I can see the real development into Jazz fusion with the rest of the band being just as crucial as Davis himself. Will definitely be coming back to this and seeing how it grows on me. 4.5

👍
View Author
Mon Jul 18 2022
5

The older I get, the more love I have for this album. It seems to be of a place and no place simultaneously. Fully leaving post-bop behind but not yet caught up in the funky, mythical and mystical chaos of Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way seems like a transitional effort. But it isn't, it's it's own thing; it's own special oasis. To me, this is the perfect Miles Davis album. Just short of forty minutes, two tracks that just whisks you into its orbit and a bonafide classic album cover on top of it. A relentless, endless cool that still radiates to this day. Yet another defining touchstone and turning point in the jazz genre, of course one of many and not the last.

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 08 2022
5

10/10 perfection

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Never heard this album before. I've mostly heard his earlier stuff. I love this.

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Best ever !

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Ooo yeah, it's jazz time

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Feels like 40 minutes of straight improv. So well done. Buy on Vinyl.

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Interesting to feel different emotions in just two longer tracks.

👍
View Author
Sat Sep 10 2022
5

I mean it’s miles Davis man cmon

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Proto-punk classic. Search and destroy is the best track.

👍
View Author
Mon Sep 12 2022
5

The first song feels pretty energetic and enthralling. The second track starts and ends with more serene, peaceful sections, while the middle portion feels a lot more like the first song. Overall, the album was very entertaining, and is the first real jazz album I've listened to.

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Really unlike anything else you'll ever hear, just amazing

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Liked that it was literally just 2 20 minute songs

👍
View Author
Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Wow… moving and emotional. This is a Miles Davis record in name only. Looking at the personnel on this record is like a who's-who of some of the best Jazz musicians around. Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone John McLaughlin – electric guitar Chick Corea – electric piano Herbie Hancock – electric piano Joe Zawinul – electric piano, organ Dave Holland – double bass Tony Williams – drums I get the critiques of Miles' avant-garde and fusion styles, but this album is just beautiful music. 5/5.

👍
View Author
Tue Sep 20 2022
5

beautiful jazz I haven't heard before

👍
View Author
Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Haven't yet managed to get on board with Bitches Brew, but my tastes have developed since I last listened to it, so we'll see. Anyway this seems a great bridge to it, it is exactly the kind of thing I like right now, gentle waves of groove, that don't even necessarily have to be going anywhere. Have just been listening back to NEU! on its 50th anniversary, there are strong shades of this that have carried across to some of their work, particularly the second track. Great multi-purpose music. You can have it on in the background, or you can stick the headphones on and surrender yourself and drift away on its tides.

👍
View Author
Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Amazing chill

👍
View Author
Mon Oct 31 2022
5

91/100: Mesmerizing. Transcending. Ethereal. This album is more than just jazz, at times it even feels to be more than just music. I've never heard music like this. I've never felt this way while listening to music. I found it impossible to pin down all the genres present as inspiration in this album, yet at the same time it all sounded so familiar—perhaps universal. To me, that's why this album shakes me to my core. This is the type of album you would put on a golden record to introduce extraterrestrial beings to the concept of music as we humans understand it. I will be buying this on vinyl and playing it all of the time.

👍
View Author
Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Was not expecting to like this as much as I did. This was such a chill mood album. Only two songs deep but both are excellent, listened several times over. 5 stars!

👍
View Author
Fri Nov 04 2022
5

I'm a sucker for ambient and jazz. This is it.

👍
View Author
Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Only got into MD about 5 years ago. At entry I only knew the reputation of "Blue" and "Bitches". Both are great however THIS is the apex of everything he did. Its hard to describe the feels it gives me. Outstanding. Moody, cool, understated, essential. FIVE.

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Love this so much!

👍
View Author
Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Miles Davis is a legendary Jazz musician. The albums "Kind of Blue" and "Bitches Brew" are among the greatest jazz albums there is. In a silent way almost reaches the same greatness. It's a solid 5/5.

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 24 2020
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Instrumental Jazzy thing. Not bad. Studying music really.

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Calming for the soul

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Dense 9/10

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 18 2021
4

2 tracks. Now that's commitment!

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 13 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Relaxing and enjoyable.

👍
View Author
Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Love miles

👍
View Author
Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Dig it

👍
View Author
Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Really good

👍
View Author
Sat Jan 30 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Brings me back!

👍
View Author
Tue May 04 2021
4

Awesomness.

👍
View Author
Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Ah, that's the good stuff right there.

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 11 2021
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

👍
View Author
Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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.

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Sun Apr 18 2021
4

Love Miles Davis

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Oniric and relaxing record from the master of jazz

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 23 2021
4

I enjoyed it

👍
View Author
Sat Mar 27 2021
4

A banger, but maybe the longest banger ever

👍
View Author
Sat Mar 27 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Really good. Second track is stronger. 4+

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 02 2021
4

bitches brew lite

👍
View Author
Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Mmmmm Pow. Nice. Suuuuuuperb.

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Mar 04 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Thu Feb 11 2021
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

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 30 2021
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

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 15 2021
4

jazzy! two songs takes 45 mins!

👍
View Author
Mon Mar 29 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Nice

👍
View Author
Sun Jul 18 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Jazz jazz jazz

👍
View Author
Fri May 21 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Tue May 25 2021
4

Would give a 4.5 if I could

👍
View Author
Fri May 07 2021
4

Very good

👍
View Author
Thu Jun 24 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue May 11 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri May 07 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon May 10 2021
4

very good and ambient

👍
View Author
Fri May 07 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri May 07 2021
4

In a silent way 12/10

👍
View Author
Mon May 10 2021
4

Experimental.. fun... thanks

👍
View Author
Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Extremly comforting and relaxing

👍
View Author
Fri Aug 13 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 17 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Sun Aug 29 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 30 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 30 2021
4

I dig it

👍
View Author
Mon Aug 30 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Not a full album

👍
View Author
Sat Sep 04 2021
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!

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Incredible

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 23 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Fri Sep 24 2021
4

A quite pleasant jazz album

👍
View Author
Thu Sep 30 2021
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".

👍
View Author
Sat Oct 23 2021
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.

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Good listen. Only 2 songs for an album though

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 02 2021
4

I want more jazz

👍
View Author
Wed Nov 03 2021
4

I love Miles Davis

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Groovy

👍
View Author
Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Sun Nov 14 2021
4

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

👍
View Author
Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Jazzy

👍
View Author
Tue Nov 30 2021
4

¿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'

👍
View Author
Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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).

👍
Load more reviews