Bags' Groove

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Bags' Groove
Compilation album by
ReleasedEarly December 1957[1]
RecordedJune 29 & December 24, 1954
StudioVan Gelder (Hackensack)
PRLP 7109
ProducerBob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Miles Ahead
Bags' Groove
Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]
Tom HullA−[5]

Bags' Groove (PRLP 7109) is a jazz album by Miles Davis, released in 1957 by Prestige Records, compiling material from two 10" LPs recorded in 1954, plus two alternative takes.


Both takes of the title track come from a session on December 24, 1954, the first version having been previously released on Miles Davis All Stars, Volume 1 (PRLP 196). ("Bags" was vibraphonist Milt Jackson's nickname.) The other tracks recorded during this session may be found on Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (PRLP 7150), and all of them are also featured on the compilation album Thelonious Monk: The Complete Prestige Recordings. The rest of the album was recorded earlier in the year, on June 29, and four of the tracks had already been released as Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins (PRLP 187), with the fifth being a previously unreleased alternative take.


The title track was written by Milt Jackson (“Bags” is his nickname) and the three compositions written by the young Sonny Rollins all went on to become jazz standards. On "Oleo", Davis used the Harmon mute to obtain a peculiar sound, and it would become an important feature of his playing.

Track listing[edit]

Prestige – LP 7109:

Side one
1."Bags' Groove" (Take 1)Milt Jackson11:16
2."Bags' Groove" (Take 2)Milt Jackson9:24
Side two
1."Airegin"Sonny Rollins5:01
2."Oleo"Sonny Rollins5:14
3."But Not for Me" (Take 2)George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin4:36
4."Doxy"Sonny Rollins4:55
5."But Not for Me" (Take 1)George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin5:45
Total length:46:11


On "Bags' Groove":


  1. ^ "Billboard – December 16, 1957 (Page 38)". Billboard. 16 December 1957. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Miles Davis – Bags' Groove". AllMusic. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Jazz (1940s-50s)". Retrieved March 3, 2020.