In A Silent Way (studio album) by Miles Davis

In A Silent Way by Miles Davis
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 221st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 805 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (10th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (35th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (221st)

Miles Davis bestography

In A Silent Way is ranked 3rd best out of 112 albums by Miles Davis on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Miles Davis is Kind Of Blue which is ranked number 40 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 28,229.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 86.1/100, a mean average of 84.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 86.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.7.

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85/100
From 05/07/2022 16:18
Nice and smooth on the ears. Overall I feel that this is a chill record, but it has darker moments. As far as I am not expert in jazz I just enjoy it.
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From 11/15/2021 19:25
Who knew a two-track album could be so good? It's actually really smooth and easy to listen to, but maybe lacks some of the punch and magical storytelling that makes Davis' earlier material incredible.
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From 11/09/2021 17:47
Just about last week I started to appreciate this great LP. I love the slow-burning groove and emotion this groove creates. One of his best albums, only second to Kind of Blue
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75/100
From 04/09/2021 00:53
Very interesting restricting the drummer to the hi-hat :)
The 1st part of "In A Silent Way" is an absolute beauty. Very meditative.
The 2nd part has a very hypnotic bass but feels a bit too jam session and not as conceptual/spiritual. The riff is a bit too standard (uninspired).
The last section of this record is a bliss!
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100/100
From 03/18/2021 03:47
I love how soothing this record is, without it being a bore to get through. Absolutely phenomenal.
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From 03/08/2021 10:01
Un album très épuré, peut être trop. Un jazz presque minimaliste qui tranche un peu je trouve avec ses compositions habituelles.
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70/100
From 02/18/2021 17:27
trumpet and bass
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From 11/26/2020 16:34
My favorite Mile's album. One critic made a great point that you could call this the first post rock album. It's like listening to Tortoise in some parts, only 25 years earlier
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From 06/06/2020 14:15
Way more relax and peaceful compared to Kind of blue. Excellent record, makes me want to listen to more jazz.
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From 06/17/2019 15:00
Miles Davis, it's a love story. A love story of a man with his instrument, a man with his life, his disappointments, his women, his fans, his musicians, his detractors, his drugs, his music, his soul ... Miles has been in perpetual quest. "In A Silent Way" is a transitional album, a spin from Miles' discography. The beginning of his electric period, the best period in my opinion. This is the most textural album of the master of jazz (yes, I say master). "In A Silent Way" is a sensual, almost erotic ode. I could listen to this record in a loop, whole days, as it is simple and direct with the listener. A record at the border of materiality, feeling like a vapor in the "ambient". And just for those minutes suspended in space, Miles Davis release an exceptional jazz album and, once again, revolutionary.

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Best track: "In A Silent Way/It's About That Time"
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