Bags' Groove (composition)

"Bags' Groove" is a jazz composition by Milt Jackson. It was first recorded by the Milt Jackson Quintet on April 7, 1952 for Blue Note Records, later released on Wizard of the Vibes. Lou Donaldson, John Lewis, Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke were on that date. Next was the Mat Mathews quintet with Herbie Mann (July 6, 1953), Bud Powell (September 1953), Mat Mathews again (September 1, 1953), a bootleg version by the MJQ (October 31, 1953), the Lighthouse All-Stars (February 25, 1954), bassist Buddy Banks' quartet (with Bob Dorough and Roy Haynes in October 1954) and then Jay Jay Johnson & Kai Winding (December 3, 1954).

"Bags' Groove"
Instrumental by Miles Davis
from the album Bags' Groove
Recorded24 December 1954
Composer(s)Milt Jackson
Bags' Groove track listing
  1. "Bags' Groove"
  2. "Airegin"
  3. "Oleo"
  4. "But Not for Me"
  5. "Doxy"

Perhaps the most famous recording was the one by Miles Davis's quintet in 1954. The recording was released on the 1957 album Bags' Groove. "Bags' Groove", along with "Oleo", "Doxy" and "Airegin" from the same album, has become a jazz standard.[1]

The song was named for vibraphonist Milt Jackson's nickname "Bags".[2]



  1. Bag's Groove at - retrieved on 2 May 2009
  2. Scott Yanow: Milt Jackson biography at Allmusic - retrieved on 2 May 2009

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