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
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 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' 1975-81 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.

- "Mademoiselle Mabry" and "Frelon Brun" can be found on Filles de Kilimanjaro.
- "Two Faced" and "Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process" on Water Babies, the first outtake compilation released by Columbia during Miles' hiatus.
- "Splash" on Circle in the Round, the second Miles Davis outtake compilation released during his hiatus.
- "Ascent", "Directions, I" and "Directions, II" on Directions, the third of the hiatus-era outtake compilations.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Mademoiselle Mabry" - 16:37
  2. "Frelon Brun" (Brown Hornet) - 5:40
  3. "Two Faced" - 18:03
  4. "Dual Mr. Anthony Tillmon Williams Process" - 13:23
  5. "Splash: Interlude 1/Interlude 2/Interlude 3" [rejected] - 10:08
  6. "Splashdown: Interlude 1 (no horns)/Interlude 2" (no horns) - 8:03 unreleased track

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Ascent" - 14:54
  2. "Directions, I" - 6:50
  3. "Directions, II" - 4:53
  4. "Shhh/Peaceful" - 19:17 unreleased
  5. "In a Silent Way" (Rehearsal) - 5:26 unreleased
  6. "In a Silent Way" - 4:18 released for the first time in unedited form
  7. "It's About That Time" - 11:27 released for the first time in unedited form

Disc 3[edit]

  1. "The Ghetto Walk" - 26:49 unreleased
  2. "Early Minor" - 6:58 unreleased
  3. "Shhh/Peaceful/Shhh" (LP Version) - 18:18
  4. "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time/In a Silent Way" (LP Version) - 19:52




  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.