Hybrid Mono SACD in Mini LP Jacket!
Mastered by Kevin Gray from Original Mono Master Tapes!
Analogue Productions releases 25 of the most collectible, rarest jazz titles
ever in their Prestige Mono Series on Hybrid Mono SACD.
These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing
an authentic, "old school" look and feel: also referred to as "mini LP" jackets.
There are a multitude of reasons why Bags' Groove remains a cornerstone of the
post-bop genre. Of course, says All Music Guide, 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.
Originally released in 1957
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Mono SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray From Original Analog Tapes
• Mini "old style" gatefold jacket, aka Mini LP jacket
Miles Davis, trumpet
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone
Milt Jackson, vibraphone
Thelonious Monk, piano
Horace Silver, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums
1. Bags' Groove (Take 1)
2. Bags' Groove (Take 2)
5. But Not For Me (Take 2)
7. But Not For Me (Take 1)