Miles Davis – Shhh / Peaceful (1969)

Shhh / Peaceful is side one on In a Silent Way, a studio album by Miles Davis, released July 30, 1969 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded on February 18, 1969 in New York. Incorporating elements of classical sonata form, Macero edited and arranged Davis’s recordings from the session to produce the album. In a Silent Way has been regarded by music writers as Davis’s first fusion recording, following a stylistic shift toward the genre in his previous records and live performances.

Recording in February 1969, Miles Davis seemed to pick up the vibe of what was going to go down that crazy summer. It was a tumultuous time as the sixties came to a close. First came the Manson Family, then the murder during the Stones’ Altamont show overshadowing the na’ve utopia of Woodstock. With In a Silent Way Davis seemed to sum up the dying of the light as the war and violence took over from love and peace. Certainly his most somber record since Kind of Blue , it was a reflective record that would bridge the gap from one of the greatest quintets in jazz history to the most controversial era of Miles Davis’ work. [source]

Miles Davis – Trumpet
Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone
John McLaughlin – Electric guitar
Chick Corea – Electric Piano
Herbie Hancock – Electric piano
Joe Zawinul – Organ
Dave Holland – Double bass
Tony Williams – Drums

And here is side two of In a Silent Way; “In a Silent Way / It’s About That Time” (Joe Zawinul, Miles Davis)

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