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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 7 April 2012
This review is from: Bag's Groove (Audio CD)
Not mixed, as in good and bad, just different styles on the one record. I was given an original copy of this for a birthday present once (at some rip-off price from a Soho jazz record shop), but its a lovely record nonetheless. Bags Groove is wonderful if you like the vibraphone; but not everyone does. There are plenty of people who like Miles, but associate vibraphone music with bad 50s films. I would disagree, but it is an acquired taste.

The other tracks, in particular Oleo, bounce along and make you feel like heading off to some cocktail bar to meet a woman (where it not that your wife might object). I would recommend this album - and indeed all of Miles Prestige albums - as being a great purchase to those with curiosity in early Miles. (Jazz lovers will already possess them.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miles! Monk! Bags!, 26 Jun 2008
This review is from: Bag's Groove (Audio CD)
Basically, the entire CD is excellent, but since two inital numbers (two takes of "Bags' Groove") are so much superior to the rest of the CD, I simply loose interest in the follow-up songs...

The reasons for this are simple - not only do the rest of the songs lack Milt Jackson ("BAGS" who wrote the first tune), on the rest of this fine CD Thelonious Monk is replaced by Horace Silver who (although a great player) is simply not that kind of genius.

The most bizarre thing is that Miles didn't like Monk's playing behind him! He insisted that Monk kept his hands of the piano during the leader's solos! However, this is not so strange - great minds often disagree and, in addition to that, Miles' approach to the trumpet sound throuoght the greatest portion of his carreer (prior to his fusion-rock-electronics phase) is quite lyrical in nature. Monk's wry and cynical analysis of tunes he played is anything but lyrical (btw; in his "autobiography" called simply "Miles", Davis explains how he had nothing but love and respect for Monk's music, but it simply didn't fit with his style).

Nevertheless, Monk sounds equally brilliant while soloing and while accompanying Milt Jackson (and he did a fine job as Clark Terry's sideman on another great album) so I guess he might have worked well with Miles as well, making this somewhat incoherent album quite historical...
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Star Session, 27 Sep 2013
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You need go no further than the record sleeve to see the stellar line up of stars featured on this album, which is in fact made up of two disparate sessions with two very different line-ups. featuring Two takes each of the title track and the sublime But Not For Me is no issue as the interpretations are different, with the rest of the album featuring Airegin, Oleo and Doxy. A worthwhile purchase for anyone liking Miles' 1950's groove.
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