No Christmas album for our December record club this time around.
Sometimes you are just not in a festive mood, and if that's the case we have the perfect album for you. Even better, it is one you can listen to all year long.
In a Silent Way by Miles Davis is compelling. I don't think you can call this a transition album, Miles jumped in with both feet into a more electric and atmospheric sound. The first half of the album is full of groove, and in a way it sounds like more of a guitar album than a trumpet album. The spare amount of trumpet when it comes in, especially towards the end of side A, it is pure magic.
The second half is full of atmosphere, and leads with one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever listened to. For me it comes down to mood. It's wonderful to take on the entire journey listening to the album from start to finish. However, I must confess sometimes I go straight to the B side into quiet mode.
Miles Davis: In a Silent Way, 1969
01- Shhh / Peaceful
02- In a Silent Way / It's about That Time
Miles Davis – trumpet, composer
Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone
John McLaughlin – electric guitar
Chick Corea – electric piano
Herbie Hancock – electric piano
Joe Zawinul – organ, composer
Dave Holland – double bass
Tony Williams – drums