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.
Performance CreditsMiles 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 CreditsGeorge 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bags' Groove based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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.
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.