In A Silent Way

Label
Columbia
Release date
1986
Running length
6 tracks
Running time
113:58

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    Track     Duration Listeners
In A Silent Way/It's About ... 19:52 59
1 Shhh / Peaceful (Original LP Mix From 1969) 18:14 104
1 Shhh/Peaceful (Original LP Mix From 1969) 18:14 1,074
1 Shh/Peaceful 17:54 1,655
1 In a Silent Way/It's About That Time 19:52 21,517
2 In a Silent Way (Original LP Mix From 1969) 19:52 909

About this album

In a Silent Way is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released 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 B in New York City. Incorporating elements of classical sonata form, 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 electronic 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 the original album, additional tracks, and the unedited recordings used to produce In a Silent Way.

Although Davis’s live performances and previous records such as Miles in the Sky (1968) and Filles de Kilimanjaro (1969) had indicated his stylistic shift to fusion, In a Silent Way featured a full-blown electric approach by Davis. It has been regarded by music writers as the first of Davis’s fusion recordings, while marking the beginning of his “electric” period. It is also the first recording by Davis that was largely constructed by the editing and arrangement of producer Teo Macero.

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