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The Complete in a Silent Way Sessions. (Reviews: The Birth of Fusion: Audio)

Magazine article Guitar Player

The Complete in a Silent Way Sessions. (Reviews: The Birth of Fusion: Audio)

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Miles Davis The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions

By the time Miles Davis recorded In a Silent Way in 1969, the world of jazz already had a rich guitar heritage. One thing was missing, however: Davis had yet to welcome the guitar into his oeuvre. The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions is a beautiful 3-CD document that chronicles Davis' first step into what was to be known as fusion.

The guitarist Davis chose to lead him down the 6-string path was a relative unknown from England named John McLaughlin. Although he had already recorded his own album as a leader (the amazing Extrapolation), In a Silent Way brought McLaughlin to the jazz masses. On Silent Way Sessions, McLaughlin never burns--he smolders. His tone is clean and rich as he solos over another new instrument Davis had brought into the fold, the Fender Rhodes. McLaughlin's playing displays a calm intensity, but nothing like the fury he would unleash on Mahavishnu Orchestra's debut, The Inner Mounting Flame, two years later. …

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