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  Miles Davis: Bags Groove
  Miles Davis, trumpet
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone
Milt Jackson, vibraphone
Thelonious Monk, piano
Horace Silver, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums
Track listing:
  1. Bags' Groove (Take 1)
2. Bags' Groove (Take 2)
3. Airegen
4. Oleo
5. But Not For Me (Take 2)
6. Doxy
7. But Not For Me (Take 1)
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Review by Audio Ed September 13, 2014 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This was recorded in 1954 and sounds fantastic when that is considered and sounds very good even when you do not consider that. Do not let the fact that it is mono deter you from getting this, that would be a big mistake. Rudy's Prestige recordings sound great and this one is no exception. When sound is not sent though miles of wire and knobs and boards, you can really tell the difference. Percy really takes the bass for a walk on the opening track and the solo's give each member plenty of room to stretch out. Bag's Groove Take One starts with a Miles solo which gives way to Bags followed by Monk and then back to Miles. Each solo is relaxed, groovin' and personal. Take Two has a few sound issues as Miles starts his first solo, the tapes have been around for a long time, so it is understandable but still a shame. These issues do not last long thankfully. Take Two follows the same order as Take One but the solos are distinct. Bags is a fav of mine so it is too bad that he is only on the first two tracks, the rest of the tracks have different personnel, except Miles, Heath and Clarke, but not worse. The late Horace Silver is on piano going forward, adding a more traditional piano sound. Sonny Rollins is on tenor and opens the third track and solos very nicely after Silver's solo. The group really swings on this one. Oreo became a classic and it is interesting to hear Rollins on this, given that it is his composition as are others here and that Miles would return to it many times with Coltrane. Next is a Gershwin ballad, But Not For Me. The standard allows to hear what these gents can do with a familiar tune. The rest of the disc include Rollin's Doxy and another take of the Gershwin classic. The sound remains solid throughout with the one noted exception. Percy and Clarke provide solid backbone but do not stretch out, all other players solo frequently. The release gives a preview of what the first great quintet will become though none of the members save Davis will be a part. This release shows why I find the mid to late 50's to be a golden era for Jazz. Analogue Productions and Kevin Gray have done a great job here as they have with the others in this series. These early Prestige records will live long thanks to releases like this.

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Review by Marpow October 28, 2014 (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Miles Davis - Bags Groove Hybrid SACD Mono

Loved it. This music was from before my time. A 1957 mono recording reproduced exceptionally well on this hybrid SACD disc.

I am not an expert in jazz and am just picking up discs here and there. I am really thrilled with this recording both by performance and the pure sonic beauty of this reissue. I have purchased a few others from the Analogue Productions Prestige Series and am looking forward to more listening. Sonny Rollins is great along with Miles Davis of course.

I listened two ways, in stereo mode coming out through front left/right and mono mode coming out through center channel speaker only.

I liked both ways of listening but having the two speakers working in mono opened up the depth a little more providing I was sitting dead center.

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