The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions

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The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
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Box set by
ReleasedOctober 23, 2001
RecordedSeptember 24, 1968–February 20, 1969
GenreJazz fusion, avant-garde jazz, space music
Length210:03 (total)
71:55 (CD 1)
67:09 (CD 2)
71:59 (CD 3)
ProducerTeo Macero, David Redfern, Seth Rothstein
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic(2004 reissue)5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(9.5/10)[3]

The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions is a three-disc box set by trumpeter Miles Davis, featuring recordings from the sessions that would produce his 1969 album In a Silent Way, as well as transitional pieces from the era. Besides material previously released on the 1968 albums Filles de Kilimanjaro, Water Babies and In a Silent Way, the trilogy of outtake compilations released by Columbia Records during Miles' 1975–79 recording hiatus. The completed In a Silent Way, boxed set features previously unreleased music, mostly from the In a Silent Way sessions proper. As well as the CDs, it includes essays by Michael Cuscuna and Bob Belden and details of the recording sessions. It is number five in the Legacy series of Miles Davis' Complete Sessions box-sets.

It is notable since it includes several previously unreleased tracks on CD, namely "Splashdown", "The Ghetto Walk" and "Early Minor", plus a longer and different version of "Shhh/Peaceful" and two "In a Silent Way" alternate takes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Miles Davis, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Mademoiselle Mabry"Filles de Kilimanjaro16:37
2."Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet)"Filles de Kilimanjaro5:37
3."Two Faced" (Wayne Shorter)Water Babies18:02
4."Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process"Water Babies13:20
5."Splash: Interlude 1/Interlude 2/Interlude 3 [rejected]"Circle in the Round10:05
6."Splashdown: Interlude 1 (no horns)/Interlude 2 (no horns)"previously unreleased8:03
Disc two
1."Ascent" (Joe Zawinul)Directions14:54
2."Directions, I" (Joe Zawinul)Directions6:50
3."Directions, II" (Joe Zawinul)Directions4:53
4."Shhh/Peaceful"previously unreleased19:17
5."In a Silent Way (Rehearsal)" (Joe Zawinul)previously unreleased5:26
6."In a Silent Way" (Joe Zawinul)previously unreleased unedited version4:18
7."It's About That Time"previously unreleased unedited version11:27
Disc three
1."The Ghetto Walk"previously unreleased26:49
2."Early Minor" (Joe Zawinul)previously unreleased6:58
3."Shhh/Peaceful/Shhh (LP Version)"In A Silent Way18:18
4."In a Silent Way / It's About That Time (LP Version)" (Joe Zawinul ("In a Silent Way"))In A Silent Way19:53




Chart (2001–16) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 147
French Albums (SNEP)[5] 104


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions - Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions [2004 Reissue] - Miles Davis | AllMusic". 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ Leone, Dominique (2011). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Miles Davis: The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions". Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  4. ^ " – Miles Davis – The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  5. ^ " – Miles Davis – The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 17, 2016.