Bags' Groove

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
There are a multitude of reasons why Bags' Groove remains a cornerstone of the post-bop genre. Of course there will always be the lure of the urban myth surrounding the Christmas Eve 1954 session -- featuring Thelonious Monk -- which is documented on the two takes of the title track. There are obviously more tangible elements, such as Davis' practically telepathic runs with Sonny Rollins tenor sax. Or Horace Silver's piano uncanny ability to provide a stream of chord progressions that supply a second inconspicuous lead without ever overpowering. Indeed, Davis' choice of former Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and concurrent Modern Jazz Quartet members Milt Jackson vibes, Kenny ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
There are a multitude of reasons why Bags' Groove remains a cornerstone of the post-bop genre. Of course there will always be the lure of the urban myth surrounding the Christmas Eve 1954 session -- featuring Thelonious Monk -- which is documented on the two takes of the title track. There are obviously more tangible elements, such as Davis' practically telepathic runs with Sonny Rollins tenor sax. Or Horace Silver's piano uncanny ability to provide a stream of chord progressions that supply a second inconspicuous lead without ever overpowering. Indeed, Davis' choice of former Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and concurrent Modern Jazz Quartet members Milt Jackson vibes, Kenny Clarke drums, and Percy Heath bass is obviously well-informed. This combo became synonymous with the ability to tastefully improvise and provide bluesy bop lines in varied settings. The up-tempo and Latin-infused syncopation featured during the opening of "Airegin" flows into lines and minor-chord phrasings that would reappear several years later throughout Davis' Sketches of Spain epic. The fun and slightly maniacally toned "Oleo" features one of Heath's most impressive displays on Bags' Groove. His staccato accompaniment exhibits the effortless nature with which these jazz giants are able to incorporate round after round of solos onto the larger unit. Bags' Groove belongs as a cornerstone of all jazz collections. Likewise, the neophyte as well as the seasoned jazz enthusiast will find much to discover and rediscover throughout the disc. [Some reissues include both historic takes of "Bags' Groove" as well as one additional rendering of the pop standard "But Not for Me."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 888072306455
  • Catalog Number: 30645
  • Sales rank: 37,299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bags' Groove (11:16)
  2. 2 Bags' Groove (9:24)
  3. 3 Airegin - The Modern Jazz Giants (5:01)
  4. 4 Oleo - The Modern Jazz Giants (5:14)
  5. 5 But Not for Me - The Modern Jazz Giants (5:45)
  6. 6 Doxy - The Modern Jazz Giants (4:55)
  7. 7 But Not for Me (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miles Davis Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Trumpet
Milt Jackson Vibes
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Bass, Piano
Percy Heath Bass, Piano
Kenny Clarke Drums
Thelonious Monk Piano
The Modern Jazz Giants Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Milt Jackson Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Liner Notes, Remastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock Producer
Joe Tarantino Reissue Production Assistance
Reid Miles Cover Design
Shohji Ichikawa Liner Notes
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
Stuart Kremsky Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough Reissue Production Assistance
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Groovy

    Just like I remember it from my childhood but minus the scratchy tones of the record player on vinyl. My father owned this record and I grew up listening to it. The re-mastered CD has much improved sound quality and still carries the same soul. I'm glad I ordered it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great album. great jass

    I really enjoyed this album. I thought the trumpet and piano solos where amazing. I was not as fond of jass intill I listened to this album. One of Miles best.

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    Posted October 24, 2008

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