This is one of the first jazz tunes I ever heard. I was a little kid and my mother had this “album” with a very cool looking person on the cover, which turned out to be Miles Davis. This was the first cut and I’ve been deep into jazz ever since.
So slide into the weekend, courtesy of Bag’s Groove. That’s Milt Jackson on vibes and The Onlyest Monk on keys.
Make sure you listen on good speakers. Percy Heath’s bass playing really got to me back then, and I decided that the best path forward would to try to learn to play string bass like that. Not there yet, but it ain’t over…
Bags Groove is one of the finest jazz albums ever.
Trivia interlude: Bags was Milt Jackson’s nickname and appears in the title of some of his albums.
“The Onlyest Monk on keys.”
That’s “The Loneliest Monk,” as in Michael Lewis’s wife asking “Who was the loneliest monk?” after Bill Clinton cited him as an influence with the then-MTV VJ.