Bags' Groove

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Bags' Groove
Compilation album by Miles Davis
Released Early December 1957[1]
Recorded June 29 & December 24, 1954
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 46:11
Label Prestige
PRLP 7109
Producer Bob Weinstock
Miles Davis chronology
Collectors' Items
(1956)Collectors' Items1956
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Allmusic 5/5 stars [2]

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 and the three compositions written by the young Sonny Rollins 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. Davis first recorded with a mute in 1945 on "Ko-Ko", using a Humes & Berg mute.

Track listing[edit]

Prestige – LP 7109:[3]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bags' Groove" (Take 1) Milt Jackson 11:16
2. "Bags' Groove" (Take 2) Milt Jackson 9:24
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Airegin" Sonny Rollins 5:01
2. "Oleo" Sonny Rollins 5:14
3. "But Not for Me" (Take 2) George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin 5:45
4. "Doxy" Sonny Rollins 4:55
5. "But Not for Me" (Take 1) George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin 4:36
Total length: 46:11


On "Bags' Groove":


  1. ^ "Billboard – December 16, 1957 (Page 38)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Miles Davis – Bags' Groove". All Music. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Miles Davis – Bags' Groove". Discogs. Retrieved October 28, 2016.