Album #146 – In A Silent Way
This album is one of the best jazz albums I have ever heard!!! Davis once again has collaborated with some greats in the jazz world on this album: John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and Tony Williams. The sound they all produce is awesome and sounds like jazz, rock and blues mixed together. It reminds me of The Grateful Dead’s jams on their live album Europe ’72. They are very mellow and relaxed jams on that album. This album, even though it is jazz, is much the same. This is Davis’ first exploration of jazz fusion and this album kicks off his ‘eclectic’ period. Davis’ trumpet playing is spectacular on here. It is very emotional and from the soul. Wayne Shorter also plays in much the same way. Many describe this album as avant-guard jazz. I can kind of see their point but there is no weird vibes here. The keyboards and organ set the mood and the rhythm section ties it all together. Many have called this Davis’ best work. I agree. It is a shame it did not sell but it did put Davis back on the charts. Bitches Brew, this album’s follow-up, would propel Davis back into the spotlight and fuse rock and jazz together. This album only has four songs, two on each track. The first song of the two songs on each track forms the beginning and end with the second song forming the middle. This is far away from Kind of Blue because it does not feel improvised. These songs are restrained and do not vary from their set forms. They are relaxed. Davis does not solo as much as on Kind of Blue but, his solos are still very good. I really enjoyed this album and I will definitely be adding this to my collection. Miles Davis definitely ranks up there as one of my favourite artists of all-time. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5. A great album for a rainy day.
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