Friday, July 1, 2016

Miles Davis - Bag's Groove

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. The remastered CD includes both historic takes of "Bags' Groove" as well as one additional rendering of the pop standard "But Not for Me."
Lindsay Planer

Source :

Miles Davis
Bag's Groove


1 Bags' Groove [take 1] (Jackson)  11:13
2 Bags' Groove [take 2] (Jackson)  9:21
3 Airegin (Rollins)  4:58
4 Oleo (Rollins)  5:11
5 But Not for Me [take 2] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:43
6 Doxy (Rollins)  4:52
7 But Not for Me [take 1] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:35


Miles Davis - tp
Sonny Rollins - ts [# 3-7 only]
Milt Jackson - vb [# 1-2 only]
Horace Silver - p
Thelonious Monk - p [# 1-2 only]
Percy Heath - b
Kenny Clarke - dr

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 24, 1954 [# 1-2] & June 29, 1954 [# 3-7]


Len said...

Thanks for this and all the other great stuff that you are posting.

I think the second date should be 29th June 1954 (not 1964)

Melanchthon said...


doowot said...

Thanks for the wonderful music you post.

hambone said...

Thank you very much for posting this great classic.

Melanchthon said...

The Jackal said...

Thanks Mel,

Great group great historical moment

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

deGallo said...

Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...


rev.b said...

Miles Davis Blows? LOL! Thanks for the music and the laugh!

Benjamin Riley said...

Thank you very much for this post. Best regards from Benjamin

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...


jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel!