Miles Davis
Bags Groove | Original Jazz Classics Reissue

Original Jazz Classics [OJC] / Prestige

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More than 30 years ago Miles Davis recorded this collection in the company of such other giants as Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, Percy Heath, Sonny Rollins, and Horace Silver. Today the music they made is regarded as classic and rightfully so. "Bags Groove," in two versions, is a perfect illustration of the improvisatory process, and the various delights that can develop from take to take; the date with Rollins reveals his development toward major status. It is hard to believe that having heard these 1954 recordings, the critics could have called Davis’s triumph at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955 a “comeback.” – Press Release


Miles Davis, trumpet

Milt Jackson, vibes

Sonny Rollins, tenor sax

Horace Silver, piano

Thelonious Monk, piano

Percy Heath, bass

Kenny Clarke, drums


A1 Bags' Groove (Take 1)  

A2 Bags' Groove (Take 2)  

B1 Airegin 

B2 Oleo    

B3 But Not For Me (Take 2)          

B4 Doxy   

B5 But Not For Me (Take 1)

“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.” – Allmusic

Item description:


Miles Davis


Bags Groove


Original Jazz Classics ‎| Prestige


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered



Release Date:

This reissue: 2015 | Original – 1957




Bop, Hard Bop

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