My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: In a Silent Way was recorded in one session on February 19, 1969 and released in June of the same year. This is the first album from Davis’ electric period and featured both electric guitar, organ and electric piano. The two tracks on the album run nearly 2o minutes each and were put together from all of the music released in the session.
What I think: I’ve gone into every jazz album, and especially every Davis album, with the optimistic feeling that was going to like it. By Golly, my optimism was right on the mark with this one. I really love these this album. The electric organ, electric piano and electric guitar add so much to the music. These instruments bring in elements of Rock and of Soul as if the album were a perfect cross between traditional Jazz and Booker T. and the MG’s. Davis’ move away from the Bop sound to a more soloing type horn sound it wonderful!
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Yes, this is great! Finally, a Miles Davis album I can approve of.
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album?Yes (116/154)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%