Bags' Groove

Bags' Groove

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by Miles Davis
     
 

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With two extended takes lifted from a previous, distinctly different recording session to flesh out its length, Bag's Groove may not be the most cohesive album ever released under Miles Davis's name. But it does contain five collaborations with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins that are as monumental as anything Davis ever recorded. Actually, the two takes of

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With two extended takes lifted from a previous, distinctly different recording session to flesh out its length, Bag's Groove may not be the most cohesive album ever released under Miles Davis's name. But it does contain five collaborations with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins that are as monumental as anything Davis ever recorded. Actually, the two takes of Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove" are also quite stunning, with dashing playing from Davis and vibraphonist Jackson and fascinating, typically idiosyncratic improvising from pianist Thelonious Monk. The later Davis session -- which saw the debut of three of Rollins's best-loved tunes, "Airegin," "Oleo," and "Doxy" -- bristles with electricity. Straddling a fast-crumbling wall between classic bop and more aggressive hard bop, Davis and his cohorts, including the dazzling hard-bopping pianist Horace Silver and the smooth-as-silk rhythm team of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke, show just how exciting, and downright classy, modern jazz could get when whipped up by the cream of the bop crop.

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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 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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0888072306455
catalogNumber:
30645
Rank:
14519

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver   Bass,Piano
Percy Heath   Bass,Piano
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Modern Jazz Giants   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Liner Notes
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
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough   Reissue Production Assistance

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Bags' Groove 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago