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 Miles Davis
Released October 23, 2001
Recorded September 24, 1968–February 20, 1969
Genre Jazz-fusion, avant-garde jazz, space music
Length 210:03 (total)
71:55 (CD 1)
67:09 (CD 2)
71:59 (CD 3)
Label Columbia
Producer Teo 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 album Filles de Kilimanjaro, the trilogy of outtake compilations released by Columbia Records during Miles' 1975–79 recording hiatus, and the completed In a Silent Way, the box 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 on Disc 1 composed by Miles Davis, except "Two Faced" by Wayne Shorter

Disc one
No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Mademoiselle Mabry"Filles de Kilimanjaro16:37
2."Frelon Brun (Brown Hornet)"Filles de Kilimanjaro5:37
3."Two Faced"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

All tracks on Disc 2 composed by Joe Zawinul except, "It's About That Time" by Miles Davis

Disc two
2."Directions, I"Directions6:50
3."Directions, II"Directions4:53
4."Shhh/Peaceful"previously unreleased19:17
5."In a Silent Way (Rehearsal)"previously unreleased5:26
6."In a Silent Way"previously unreleased unedited version4:18
7."It's About That Time"previously unreleased unedited version11:27

All tracks on Disc 3 composed by Miles Davis, except "Early Minor" and "In A Silent Way" by Joe Zawinul

Disc three
1."The Ghetto Walk"previously unreleased26:49
2."Early Minor"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)"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.