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In a Silent Way

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by bassmonkeee, Dec 6, 2001.


  1. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    ...has always been my favorite Miles Davis album. So, I was pleased to see the new The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions 3 disc set. And, I was even more pleased when I was able to get it for $15 new. :D

    Maybe I'm not discussing it in the right circles, but this one seems to get lost behind Bitches Brew, and the stuff with the quintet.

    I think Dave Holland's playing on this set is amazing.
    I missed him when I was in New York over Turkey Day, but he's actually coming to play in Atlanta in March, so I plan to make it, then.
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Doesn't he play electric bass on this one, though? ;)
     
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Not in any of the pictures of the sessions...And, I'm fairly certain he is playing Upright on most of the tracks on the cds.
     
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well - I read the latest Bass Player where there is an inteview with Dave Holland ad he says he was playing upright and electric - a Fender Precision. It's just that to me, the memorable lines are the funky/rocky riffs that get the groove going and are clearly played on P bass.
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I went off after this to listen to my copy of "In a Silent Way" and was mortified to discover that I couldn't find it!

    But this motivated me to search out the boxed set and I did actually buy it and am very pleased - loads of great music that wasn't on the original and it certainly sounds better or clearer at least to me, than the CD I had.

    I'm very glad I did buy it now - the presentation and information included is excellent and really helps to explain how this was recorded and what Miles was doing - a great insight into a truly innovative group of musicians, who were all at their peak, in terms of creativity.

    I suppose I should thank bassmonkee now for bringing this up - ahhhh... the Christmas spirit is all around! ;)
     
  6. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    There was another one that I loved when I was in college called "Big Fun"...two records, four songs. Still cool. I also have an occasional weakness for "Agharta" and "Pangaea", both of which feature some very warped Miles and Pete Cosey on guitar.
     
  7. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Panagea & Agharta are classic electric '70s Miles...both were recorded on the same day in Japan(I think Agharta was the matinee?). In any event, Fortune takes some nice solos, Henderson & Foster sound together, & Cosey is one sick individual!
    From the same era-
    Live-Evil & Get Up With It make nice companion discs to go along with Big Fun.

    On a Dave Holland tangent-
    Just picked up The Razor's Edge & a Robin Eubanks's disc(Mental Images) last week...
     
  8. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I've said it over on the BG side, but 'The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions' is excellent!

    I stumbled across an album called 'Juan Le Pins'(I think), the other day. It's a Japanese recording of the "lost quintet" (Davis, Shorter, Corea, Holland, DeJohnette). At £25 for a single disc, it was just too expensive. I think Sony/Columbia are planning a release of the 'Complete Juan Le Pins' in the next year or so anyway.

    I ended up buying Pangaea, but I can't say that I enjoy this as much as 'Agharta. Regardless, Pete Cosey is THE MAN! In Paul Tingen's book 'Miles Beyond (which I finally got!), it says that Cosey is planning to publish a book about his approach to guitar. Wow! If I could only get some of that stuff happenning on the bass!