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This wondrously relaxed blowing session was recorded in 1958 when Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was a member of Miles Davis's group--the one that recorded Kind of Blue--and the date is as much the trumpeter's as it is the altoist's. Davis's voice is much in evidence, from the subdued fire of the ballads to the crackling flames of the title tune, while Adderley's creamy alto invokes earlier swing and blues masters as well as Charlie Parker. The ballads and long, medium-tempo blues are complemented superbly by the thoughtful voicings of pianist Hank Jones and the great rhythm section of bassist Sam Jones and Art Blakey, who distinguished every session they participated in together. While Davis's Columbia recordings of the period were often ambitious and groundbreaking music, this Blue Note date is a more casual masterpiece. --Stuart Broomer

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


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005H4F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cut in 1958 for the Blue Note Lable, Somethin' Else is one of the all time great jazz albums. The personnel features Cannonball on alto, Miles Davis on Trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and the great Art Blakey on drums. It may say Cannonball Adderly on the album cover, and have Miles Davis listed as a sideman, but this has the feel of a Miles Davis album all the way. The selection of material and the musician's laid back approach, tempered by the contrast of Mile's simmering mute with an expressive firey second horn, here the exuberant Adderley, are trademarks from this era of Davis' career. Regardless of who led the session, it is one any fan of jazz simply must have. It is one of those rare albums that is immediately accessable, and you can tell you will be listening to repeatedly from the first note. Every track's performance is a highlight, but Cannonball's playing is particularly inspired, especially his soulful blues soaked soloing on Dancing in the dark, and boppish flight on One For Daddy-O. Miles is dramatic, soulful, vulnerable, and sultry all at once. His muted playing on the first two tracks is simply sumptuous, with his open horn solo on One For Daddy-O and his "call and response" exchange with Adderley at the end of the title track being truly inspired. Hank Jones contributes a flawless hard swinging piano. Taking every note he is given and making it count, Hank makes his accompaniment as well as his solos sound as if he is playing them the only way they possibly could be. Art Blakey and the underrated Sam Jones are water tight in support, with Blakey unusually restrained throughout the album, his only solo space on the album's final track. At the end of One For Daddy-O we hear a puckish Miles ask producer Alfred Lion, "Is that what you wanted, Alfred?", and then some I'll wager. This is an album that will appeal to the jazz novice and the aficionado alike, if you do not have it, buy it, you won't be dissappointed.
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There are a few reissues of this absolutely great Cannonball Adderley recording. The first five cuts on all the reissues are the same 5 cuts that make up the original vinyl LP. A few of the reissued CD's have an additional sixth cut. The sixth cut was discovered by Blue Note and initially released in Japan in 1982 and given the name "Allison's Uncle" because Nat Adderley's daughter was born on the day it was recorded. Further research revealed that the mystery tune is a Hank Jones composition that the pianist recorded as "Rangoon" with the Gigi Gryce/Donald Byrd Jazz Lab quintet for a Jubilee label in August 1957. Therefore, please be advised that "Allison's Uncle" and "Rangoon" and the same exact cut, just with a different name for the same song. I got this info from the Rudy Van Gelder Edition footnotes by Bob Blumenthal. Tidbits like this are very important to me and thought it might be valuable to others as well.
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One of the best recordings in Jazz's long history was made when five of the premire musicians of Jazz, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Art Blakey, and the other greats got together for this landmark recording. From the first song "Autumn Leaves" to the last song "Bangoon", each and every song on this showcases the brilliant musicianship and uniqueness that this quintet had. Miles Davis on his unique and brilliant Trumpet, Cannonball Adderly on the Sax, and Art Blakey on the Drums, as well as the other greats on this show their fantastic style excellently. This timeframe of Jazz (mid 1950's to early 1960's) produced some of the absolute best recordings that Jazz ever offered.
Something Else is a perfect way to introduce a person who never listened to Jazz to the fantastic, complex sound of the Jazz world. In my opinion, this is an album (CD) that every Jazz enthusiast MUST have in their collection, it is that brilliant and fresh and can be listened to with enjoyment over and over again. Well worth 5 stars and more!
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After hearing "Kind of Blue", I was so impressed by Cannonball that I wanted to start getting some of his own albums. All I heard was positve reviews for this wonderful masterpiece, so, of course, I picked it up and was enthralled. This album has the ability to put anyone in a happy mood. I know this because when I first bought this, I was a bit depressed, but that all went away after listening to this album and Dexter Gordon's "Go" (another Blue Note masterpiece!). I love the way Cannonball and the band (which includes Miles Davis on trumpet in one of his rare appearances as a sideman, Hank Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and the incredible Art Blakey on drums) play the over-done standards "Autumn Leaves" and "Love For Sale", and make them more exciting than anyone has ever done to these gems. "Autumn Leaves" has a very laid-back, but moody feeling, while "Love For Sale" swings hard. The title track does an awesome job of showing the formidable solo talents of Cannonball and Miles, and they engage in one of the most amazing interactions in jazz history. "One For Daddy-O", written by Cannonball's brother Nat (who appears with him on many sessions featuring Cannonball's classic quintet), is the blues of the set, and the feel is just awesome. Cannonball and Miles always shined on their blues performances and this track is definitely no exception. "Dancing in the Dark" is Cannonball's individual showcase, and boy does this track haunt me! The way Cannonball handles this often-done standard has the ability to move me to tears. Finally, the track finishes with "Bangoon" a Hank Jones original that wasn't included in the original album, which provides a worthy ending for an incredible album, which is in my opinion the best album jazz has to offer!
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