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Somethin' Else [LP]

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Recorded in March of 1958, Cannonball Adderley's SOMETHIN' ELSE was recording during the era when Adderley was part of the Miles Davis Sextet. Featured on the album are Adderley on alto sax along with Miles Davis on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Art Blakey on drums. of note, this is one of the few post-1955 appearances of Miles Davis as a sideman. SOMETHIN' ELSE will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Autumn Leaves
  2. Love for Sale
  3. Somethin' Else
  4. One for Daddy-O
  5. Dancing in the Dark
  6. Alison's Uncle


Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 22, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00IJBYUIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This review makes no additional comments for the music. The fine reviewers have done the heavy lifting. I say only to those who play new vinyl releases that this one far outperforms my old CD. The engineering is spectacular. I have had several tests with my guests and this is a great reissue.
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If you know and love Miles Davis from the late 1950s `Kind of Blue' period but haven't heard anything recorded under Julian `Cannonball' Adderley's own name, you're likely to love and appreciate `Somethin Else.' It's the perfect Blue Note companion to KoB and in the same groove, with superlative playing throughout from Adderley on alto sax and Miles on trumpet together with Hank Jones on piano, and a rhythm section made up of Art Blakey on drums and Sam Jones on bass.

It's difficult to pick out highlights on a collection so uniformly excellent, but the 11-minute opener `Autumn Leaves' is a true jazz classic which you'll think you've always known, so recognisably familiar is the melody. The title track, showcasing the horn interplay between Miles and Cannonball chasing each other all over the scales in an exuberant and up-tempo duet sounds like a cut which escaped from the KoB sessions, and `One for Daddy-O' with its slower tempo and stand-out uncomplicated melody also shines. In the sparse, clean and bluesy `Dancing in the Dark' we hear Cannonball at his soulful best, his horn soaring with a long, slow-tempo solo over a perfectly understated rhythm.

The music here is instantly accessible, with nothing unnecessarily complex or jarring. You can listen to the album again and again, no matter what you're doing, though one or two of the numbers are perhaps a little up-tempo for dinner-party background ambience. Overall `Somethin Else' is an indispensable jazz classic which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best of Miles, Trane or Charlie Parker.

The nickname `Cannonball' BTW came from a corruption of `Cannibal' due to Adderley's huge appetite for food and habit of eating absolutely everything available at every opportunity, the result manifest in his generously proportioned, rotund and substantial physique. But boy, can he play that horn.
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If you like the Cool sounds of Miles Davis' work of the 50's this is a great companion disc to own.
Adderley's hard-bop approach somehow works very well with Davis on this disc as the blues lines
are played by the combo. This is one of a few of Davis' appearances as a sideman.

How can you go wrong with a line-up like this:
Art Blakey, drums
Sam Jones, bass
Hank Jones, piano
Cannonball Adderley, alto sax
Miles Davis, trumpet

The cream of the jazz world all sitting in one studio workin' it like no other combo. This group swings.
The recording is by the famous Rudy Van Gelder who's name you will see on many great jazz works
and he also remastered this release as well.

The songs were arranged by Adderley; and Davis, who was fresh from rehab and hungry for work,
leaves his indelible mark on the music. People thought this was a Miles Davis album when it was first
released. It is not.

My favorite piece is 'One For Daddy-o' but they are all great tunes exceptionally rendered by the
quintet. All in all you get 43 minutes of pure blues bliss which you will return to again and again.

I consider this a desert island disc. It was included in 'The Penquin Guide to Jazz' as a Core Selection;
and yes it will play in any CD player; it is a Hybrid SACD disc. That means there are two sets on the
disc, one is normal and the other is remastered for SACD/DSD surround sound.

Whether you opt for the SACD hybrid or the standard CD you will fall in love with this music. I own a
moderate high end Denon/Polk Audio 7.1 stereo system and find the music on the SACD has more
presence in the room over the standard CD presentation; even when listening in 2 speaker stereo.
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By L J on September 26, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Five stars for the album and one star for it being delivered warped.
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Very Beautiful SACD sound !
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I'm a little disappointed with the quality of the vinyl as it's a little warped.
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