Miles Davis : In a Silent Way

Miles Davis : In a Silent Way


Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Josef Zawinul (electric piano and organ), John McLaughlin (guitar) Dave Holland (bass), Tony Williams, (drums)

Columbia 9875

Mobile Fidelity Records : LP 180 gram

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Shhh
A2 - Peaceful
B1 - In a Silent Way
B2 - It’s About That Time

Recorded on February 18, 1969, at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City.

In a Silent Way comes after Miles in the Sky and Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968) and before Bitches Brew (1970). Incorporating elements of classical sonata form, producer Teo 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. 

By January 1969, Davis's core working band had stabilised around Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Dave Holland on bass, Chick Corea on electric piano, and Jack DeJohnette on drums. For his next studio album, Davis brought in former band members Tony Williams on drums as he wished to use his style and Herbie Hancock on additional electric piano as they had previously agreed to work with Davis on studio recordings. In the following month, the six were joined by Austrian keyboardist Josef Zawinul after Davis had called him and asked to bring musical ideas for the group and English guitarist John McLaughlin, who had been in the United States for less than two weeks before Davis asked him to attend the recording session. McLaughlin had been a longtime fan of Davis, and spoke of his nervousness to the trumpeter about the prospect of recording with his idol. Among the pieces by Zawinul that Davis took a liking to was "In a Silent Way", an atmospheric piece that was titled at the suggestion of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley when the two were in the same band. Addereley wished to use the piece for his own recording but Zawinul turned him down after he learnt that Davis wished to use it.

This Mobile Fidelity LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at RTI.

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